Padre for life: Former player Matt LaChappa’s dream to be a Friar lives on

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BARONA, Calif. -- In 1996 Padres minor league pitcher and Barona native Matt LaChappa's career was cut short after a heart attack and subsequent traumatic brain injury left him wheelchair bound. The team has continued to sign him to a minor league deal to this day.

FOX 5 spent the afternoon with LaChappa and his family on the Barona Indian Reservation.

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  • Taylor

    I was glad to see Fox5 air Matt’s story. The Matt LaChappa foundations’ generosity has helped the community members by giving the opportunity for high school graduates to receive funding for college. I was recently awarded the Matt LaChappa scholarship and I am very grateful to Matt and his family for continuing this tradition. Matt inspires me to never give up no matter what obstacles are put in front of me.

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