Much Bigger Than Baseball

How many of you have heard of Boston Red Sox outfield prospect Ryan Westmoreland?

Unless you are a diehard fan, you probably have no idea that he is ranked as the top minor leaguer in their system.  He’s a 19-year-old kid from Rhode Island who turned down a scholarship offer from Vanderbilt when the Sox drafted him in 2008.

This year he was slated to start the season in Portland Maine with the AA affiliate Seadogs.  The future for this kid had no limit.

That all changes today.

He undergoes brain surgery today in Arizona to try to remove what doctors are calling a “cavernous malformation,” as reported in yesterday’s Boston Globe

Just when you think that you have the world in the palm of your hand, something like this gets thrown at you.  I can’t imagine being in the shoes of this kid.  One day you are the next big thing and the next day you’re fighting for your life.

I’ll tell ya, he’s lucky to be with this organization.  They handled Jon Lester’s cancer as well as anyone could ask and they are doing the same for Westmoreland and his family.

Today, it doesn’t matter who you root for.  Yankees, Mets, Red Sox or Cubs.  All that silly back and forth ceases.  Today we all should be Ryan Westmoreland fans and root for this kid to pull through. 

Today, it is so much more than baseball.



3 Responses to “Much Bigger Than Baseball”

  1. Nice job. But that ‘death’ tag…aren’t you at all superstitious?

  2. Good point, I was thinking more along the lines of mortality.

  3. Let’s all send the young man and his family good thoughts and wishes for a healthy future.

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