ST. PETERSBURG — The gray-haired man stepped up to the counter at Kahwa Coffee.
His gaze drifted down the counter, where customers sometimes sit on bar stools. His eyes lingered, then widened.
There, sitting casually, was Tampa Bay Rays ace Chris Archer.
He wanted to buy the gray-haired man's coffee.
For 50 customers, breakfast and the Joe was on Archer Wednesday morning at Kahwa, where he sat for 30 minutes surprising perplexed fans seeking a kickstart to their day.
It was Archer's second java-themed benevolent act in less than 24 hours.
The night before, the Rays pitcher had pushed a coffee cart around the halls of All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, handing out hot beverages to nurses working the late shift.
"Do you like cream or sugar?" he asked one nurse sitting behind a desk.
"We can't tell you how thankful we are, because you guys serve a very important purpose," Archer told the nurses, captured in a video tweeted by the Rays.
Archer has used his success on the field to do good in the community before. He has invested time and money in his Archway Foundation, which helps kids and youth organizations, and regularly speaks to groups and little league baseball teams.
In a Tampa Bay Times story published last year about Archer's off-field pursuits, he said: "I feel the reason we are on this earth is to be a positive influence … and to positively impact as many lives as we can.
"I try to use baseball and my success in my industry as a platform to do that. … And hopefully one day I can reach millions."
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