“You don’t just accidentally show up in the World Series.” Derek Jeter
Okay. I have been tardy (and erratic) posting blogs and podcasts recently. Forgive me. But I have a legitimate excuse: Playoff baseball has led our family to The World Series.
Yes, my son, Austin Hedges, is headed for the World Series playing with the Texas Rangers.
Born to Play
Since Austin was five years old he has held onto two life goals: to be a professional baseball player and to win a World Series ring. I am not exaggerating. Austin’s only life goal since very young has been to play baseball as a career.
At around eight years old his mom asked him what he wanted to do when he grew up. His response was, “I am going to play professional baseball.” Knowing the odds were micro-minimal, Pam asked him what his alternative might be. His response was adamant, “Mom, you don’t understand… I will play professional baseball.”
She wisely decided not to undermine his goals and told him that he would have our support on his journey. And we just decided to watch what came to pass.
And then he was drafted by the San Diego Padres directly out of high school. Yikes. A kid with a dream come true.
Austin’s Next Chapter Dream
And now, after many ups and downs in the sport, here he is: Going to the World Series with the Rangers. I’m sure you can imagine our joy. He isn’t getting a lot of “play time,” but his role with the team is a bit unusual. He has become one of the strongest leaders in the clubhouse.
His goal when he was traded to the Rangers in early August: To be the best teammate possible to help the team win. And that is what he does.
Now… we await the Next Chapter for the Rangers and Austin.
Winning: Nothing is Better
Losing: Nothing is Worse