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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

Mar. 23, 2010 6:45 pm
Right on! That's great!!
Mar. 23, 2010 10:12 pm
Mother Ann, for some strange reason, I'm wasting time tonight reading through these blogs and putting off going to bed. The words you wrote hit me in the head like a ton of bricks. My own daughter is a sophomore in college and has played baseball/softball since she was 4. When she was old enough to play organized ball at 5 she joined the boys baseball team because she didn't want to play with the girls, because they couldn't play like she could and that was boring for her. She didn't start playing softball with the girls until she was 11 and for her this is her life too. This past Sunday (2 days ago), she was involved in a collision at home plate with the catcher and broke her ankle. She is having surgery tomorrow to have pins and a plate attached to her leg. So, yes, season ending it is and no one that knows the passion and intensity that these kids play with really understand this. I'm so happy for your son that he gets to go back to the mound and I know that next year, I may just be posting the same kind of post as you because for her and I, that will be a very happy day indeed. Keep us in your thoughts and I'll look forward to hearing how his game went. (by the way, she got to go to Florida 2 weeks ago so she got her trip in). Oh you know what else? My name is Anne too.
Mar. 24, 2010 12:31 am
Fantastic news! Keep us posted on how this weekend goes!
Mar. 24, 2010 3:21 am
Avon, my heart goes out to you and your daughter! We are not strangers to injury and season-ending, even career-ending ones. He also wrestled in the youth wrestling program from age 6 until 12. Then, he moved on to the middle school team. Freshman year was much anticipated -he had gone undefeated thru 7th & 8th grade. Then, during football he broke his back. That was the end of football and wrestling forever. Luckily he was released from doctor care the week baseball season started and with only a few minor "flare-ups" those first couple seasons he's been fine. I know exactly the pain and anguish you two are going thru. Tell her to do everything the PT tells her to and she'll be back ready to play next season!
Mar. 24, 2010 7:18 am
Since I met my BF (almost 3 years ago) I have also been in the baseball/softball world. His son is also a college pitcher (lefty) and he had surgery on his laborem (sp?) and has been red-shirted this year, and has just started throwing again. He should be good to go next year. His daughter plays travel softball and this year he has decided to coach her team, so guess where I will be every other weekend starting in April? I say every other weekend because the other weekends I have my daughter with me. Good luck to your Son!!
Mar. 24, 2010 1:30 pm
Becky - glad to hear your BF's son is on the mend and I'll be thinking of you every other weekend!! My husband coached my son's teams all the way thru hotstove, including the 18 yr. old team. When he played for the high school and in college, it felt weird to have my husband sitting next to me. Weird, but nice. :-)
Mar. 25, 2010 4:25 am
I am so happy to hear that your son is doing well. My boys also have played baseball since the age of 5. The boys also both pitch. My oldest is a sr. in high school and was getting ready to go to the next level in baseball. He tore his acl in his right knee, we meet with the drs. on wednesday to schedule surgery. We don't know if baseball is over for him on not. I pray that he will be able to return as your son has. Thanks for giving us some hope. Like you said nothing else matters when they are playing baseball.
Mar. 25, 2010 4:41 am
I certainly hope your son is back at baseball soon! I think as long as they do all that is asked of them by the PT, they can recover. It is slow, though. Good luck!
Mar. 26, 2010 5:46 am
Mar. 26, 2010 1:39 pm
Dragonfly - thank you for your well wishes. His number has always been #22 (to be like his Grandpa) but this year he is #12 as #22 was taken by someone else before he got the OK to play the season. I'm hoping we have good weather Sunday so the game can be played. Woke up to snow on the ground this morning, but it's already melting away.
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I've been married for 33 years, and live in Ohio. We have a daughter who is married and lives nearby. Our son graduated from college and moved to South Dakota. He has his own place but still goes to visit my sister and brother-in-law and have dinner with them occasionally. We have two black labs that get to go duck hunting with dad and two cats. We own a Mexican restaurant and are learning alot about the food industry. I love to eat, go camping, read, spend time with family and friends, watch movies, and drink wine; not necessarily in that order.
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I love to bake - anything chocolate is fine with me. Seafood, chicken dishes and slow-cooker fare.
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Whenever I can put together a meal that gets many compliments and leaves the diners satisfied is a triumph in my book! I love to cook meals for family and friends.
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When I was first married we had my grandparent's-in-law over for a pot roast dinner. The meat came out great, but the potatoes and carrots were still half raw. My husband's grandfather went to cut his fork into a carrot and it flew off his plate. He looked at me, winked, and said he loved his carrots that way!
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