Tuesday, March 07, 2006

At First Base, Number 84.

From Yahoo. You have to love this guy......."On the back fields of spring training camps, a glut of baseball players wear weird numbers: 68, 79, 87, 98. In nearly every case, these are the players, mostly prospects or non-roster invitees, soon on their way to the minor leagues.
The number on J.T. Snow's jersey sends a different message.
The first baseman, entering his 15th season in the majors but his first with the Boston Red Sox, doesn't worry about being sent down. He wears No. 84 to pay tribute to his late father, Jack, an All-America wide receiver at Notre Dame and a standout with the Los Angeles Rams from 1965-75.
While his father lay in Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis in early January, severely ill and unable to speak because of complications from a staph infection, Snow told him he would be wearing that No. 84.
His dad died a few days later. He was 62.
"I told him, and it brought a smile to his face," says Snow, who signed as a free agent with the Red Sox after spending the last nine seasons with the San Francisco Giants. "He is the reason I am here and I've played as long as I have. He meant everything to me."
** Peter here. Have a great season, J.T. It's people like you that make this world a better place.**


At 3/07/2006 11:01 AM, Anonymous Cyn said...

JT is the man. Hope that number brings him much luck.


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