Thursday, February 26, 2009

With hard work you can do anything!

Great story from the today about a player in Southern California who is coming off Tommy John surgery. To try and get back to play in his senior year, the left handed pitcher taught himself to throw right handed.

If anyone ever complains about feeling down, tired or lacking energy, think of All-City left-handed pitcher Ryan Santhon of Taft.
He had Tommy John surgery on his left elbow last November. His pitching days were supposedly done for a year.
But on Saturday at the Taft alumni game, there was Santhon on the mound pitching in his senior year -- right-handed. He threw a scoreless inning, walking two.
He taught himself to throw right-handed just so he'd be the first pitcher on Taft's new field. Talk about tenacity and toughness -- that's Santhon.
"I had nothing to lose," he said.
Asked if he'll try to pitch in a regular game this season, Santhon said, "I want to try, but I don't know if my coach is going to let me."
On March 10, Santhon will be cleared to start hitting, so beware. For anyone who works as hard as he does, success is bound to happen.
-- Eric Sondheimer

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