Nothing else matters when the boy is playing baseball!!
Mar. 23, 2010 4:14 pm
Updated: Mar. 26, 2010 1:39 pm
My son is a junior in college who plays baseball. He is only a sophomore for athletic eligibility due to having had major UCL repair surgery (Tommy John surgery) in August of 2008. Steve has played baseball since he was 5 years old and was one of the rare 5 year olds that actually had an attention span to play the game. Baseball is life to him and last year was torture not only to him but to me and his dad as well. I spent 14 years at baseball games cheering him on. He's a pitcher, like my dad was, who played minor league ball for a club sponsored by the New York Yankees. My dad is my son's hero - everything he does, he worries about making Grandpa proud. When my dad had a major heart attack and actually died on the table, but was brought back to life, my son spent hours at my parent's house doing everything he could to make his grandparent's life a little easier. If my dad had passed, I have no idea how my son would have handled it. That's one of my greatest worries. Anyways... back to baseball.
Steve was allowed to play last summer, but could only pitch 15-20 pitches a week. In a pitcher's world, that isn't much - sometimes it's only an inning or two. He played on a team where the coach was a physical therapist by day and he stuck to that limit to the pitch. One game he actually pulled Steve off the mound when there was a batter up with a 3-2 count. Steve had reached pitch #20.
Then school started and with that came Fall ball season. Steve did OK, but complained of pain/discomfort in his arm. Spring season is now upon us and Steve was very disappointed -he didn't get to go on the Spring break trip to Florida. The coach didn't feel he was up to that. Steve managed to get some time in with his pitching coach he went to while he was in high school and he helped him a lot. But, I could tell Steve has been down about baseball and it has been bothering me.
Tonight all that has changed! He called home to tell us that he will be pitching tomorrow in a scrimmage and should plan to be on the mound for Sunday's game. Let me tell you - I am ecstatic - as he was, too!! It is only with the JV team, but you have to start somewhere, right?? Last week he wasn't even sure he would still be on the team at all, so this is huge for him.
I'm not sure how I can make it till Sunday! Keep your fingers crossed for good weather! Nothing else matters when my boy is playing baseball!! :-D