I put down the phone. Was this real? A second Tommy John Surgery?
When I was a freshman in college, I was the last pitcher on the depth chart. When I graduated, I was our #1. But, I graduated in a sling, bitten by injury. After battling back, three years later, I got that same fateful call: I'd need a second one.
It wasn't easy, but I became an All-Star after each of my two elbow surgeries. I was honest with myself and did what it took to keep improving, learning how to pitch. I kept getting better, and kept getting chances. I made the most of them, but in the end fell a little short of the Major Leagues. Listen to my story: if I could make something out of myself, so can you.
Listen to Dear Baseball Gods, and help me pass the torch.
Dear Baseball Gods is my podcast and my next book (in editing). I share stories from my career and pass on the the things I learned about baseball, people, and life.