KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – If you’re looking for Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher and Kinston native Chris Hatcher, you’ll find him in an unusual place: the Lenoir County landfill.
“They got kind of behind with the hurricane damage and everything being brought out here, so they called me, and I was one of the few guys who runs this equipment,” Hatcher said.
Hatcher lives in La Grange, and every off-season he spends his down time in Kinston, where he can usually be found at the Parks and Rec.
“It’s something I enjoy doing,” Hatcher said.
But when Hurricane Matthew hit, his plans changed.
“I was just sitting in LA on my couch just watching, and I’m like man I just felt helpless, and I looked at my wife and said we need to book our flight,” Hatcher said.
When Hatcher saw the way Hurricane Matthew devastated Lenoir County he knew he had to help, even if that meant riding around on a pile of trash.
“He tries to be best at everything he does, but he still never, ever forgets of his roots, and the people that helped him along the way,” said Hal Oliver, the landfill’s director and a longtime friend of Hatcher.
No matter how far baseball takes Hatcher, he hasn’t forgotten his home, and he’ll do anything for his community.
“When people think of me, they don’t think of me as a ball player,” Hatcher said. “They think of me as a guy that worked hard, and tried to help out when he could.”