Jeremy Affeldt offered some unusual advice to the dozen or so high school athletes attending the Fresno Grizzlies’ Hot Stove Gala on Tuesday night:

“If your only dream is to play sports at the professional or college level,” the San Francisco Giants left-hander said, “your life will be miserable.”

But he wasn’t trying to scare the athletes or anyone else among the crowd of 350 at the Grizzlies’ annual season-launching event at Pardini’s restaurant in northwest Fresno.

“Use the sport as an advantage to do good things for other people,” he said.

Affeldt continued the question-and-answer session to share the four target areas of his charity Generation Alive: world hunger, human trafficking, providing clean water to Third World countries and helping orphans.

The gala benefits the Grizzlies Community fund.

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By Angel Moreno

The Fresno Bee February 4, 2014