Former Ariz. Diamondbacks broadcaster Mark Grace speaks from jail

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by Stella Inger

azfamily.com

Posted on May 16, 2013 at 8:24 AM

Updated Sunday, May 19 at 1:27 PM

PHOENIX -- Former Arizona Diamondbacks broadcaster and major leaguer Mark Grace is nearing the end of his four-month jail sentence at Maricopa County's Tent City. On Wednesday he talked to 3TV about his experience in jail and how it changed his life.

"I'm 48 years old and I feel like I'm too old for this," he said. "My family deserves better, my friends deserve better, and my children deserve better. They're going to get better."

Grace, who is set to be released on June 10, is serving his time in a work-release program after getting two DUIs within a span of 15 months. He's a minor-league pitching coach.

After Grace gets out of jail, he plans to join forces with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Youth Assistance Program and wants to work with underprivileged kids by influencing them to stay away  from drugs and alcohol.

"I still want to be looked up to as a person who's a stand-up guy and guy who's accountable," Grace said.

Grace has owned up to his mistakes and was sincerely apologetic during his interview. He says jail has changed his life and he doesn't plan to drink and drive ever again. 

"Don't do it. Hand the keys to someone else. There's a lot of taxis out there. And for all of those rich folk, there's limos, too," Grace said.

When asked about his future plans in broadcasting, he says he's not sure what he's doing when he gets out. He did, however, thank all of his fans for their support.

"I promise to make you proud," he said.

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