Dreams Never Fade: Steve Delabar HBO Real Sports Interview

Steve Delabar

Sometimes you come across a story that touches you, brings back memories of a journey you have been on. You can feel the emotion that person is going through and relate to what they have experienced. For every baseball player they have one dream and that is to play Major League Baseball. For most this will not come true but we all believe it is a possibility. The story of Steve Delabar is one unlike any other coming from the state of Kentucky he was a career minor leaguer until he heard a pop which happened to be the breaking of his elbow. His elbow was repaired by 9 screws and a plate and Delabar had come to grips that his career was over.

Back in Kentucky as a substitute teacher and assistant baseball coach at the high school he was looking for some different drills to show his pitchers. Tom House former big league pitcher and pitching coach has been known for his outside the box thinking when it comes to training pitchers. House has come up with a new arm strengthening program for pitchers which involves some new techniques he has taken from tennis in strengthening the back side of the shoulder muscles. Delabar learned the routine and began doing the exercises with his pitching staff. The results he began seeing were astonishing, first his velocity was in the upper 80′s, he tested again and he was sitting at 93 something he had never done before. Then came his final test and the numbers were 95-96 with 9 screws and a plate in his elbow.  Scouts began to catch wind and he had a tryout lined up, the mariners took a chance on him and signed him, again he would start in A ball where he had spent almost all of his first stint in the minors before his injury. He didn’t stay there long after 7 appearances he was moved up to double A where he would throw 23 times. Then came the move to triple A all in the span of a year he made 10 appearances in Tacoma and the season came to an end, he was called into the manager’s office and told the news that he would be joining the big league club for the rest of the season. In the interview you can see Delabar’s emotion when talking about these events and it is something all baseball players can appreciate and relate to.

As we go through life sometimes we forget about the dreams we had as young kids. This story reminds us that dreams never fade no matter how old we get. Whether you are 50 or 12 years old chase the things that you are passionate about and encourage others to do the same. Below is a clip of the interview i recommend you go to HBO if you can and watch it in it’s entirety.

 

7 Comments

  1. Kent Rowley04-15-2012

    Do you have any idea about the entire workout itself that Delabar used (aside from pitching with weighted balls and not releasing)? If so, how could I see about purchasing the workout from Mr. House or if not for sale, what would I need to know to help adapt it for my little brother who pitches college baseball, but would like to take it to the next level…essentially what I’m asking is how could I get all the details of the workout in order to put it to use? Contact information or anything that would put me in the right direction would be extremely helpful. Thanks.

    • John Fortunato04-24-2012

      I am interested in the answer to Mr. Rowley’s question from above.

  2. Loretta04-24-2012

    I’m happy to read your blog

  3. david acevedo05-01-2012

    Hi my name is David Acevedo I’m 22 years old, I could not watch the HBO interview about Steve Delabar.How can I find more information about Mr. Delabar training methods and the new strenghthening program that he was using while coaching at the John Hardin High School in Elizabethtown in Kentucky. Would you please help me I’m trying to get my baseball career back on track.

  4. david acevedo05-01-2012

    Hi my name is David Acevedo I’m 22 years old, I could not watch the HBO interview about Steve Delabar.How can I find more information about Mr. Delabar training methods and the new strenghthening program that he was using while coaching at the John Hardin High School in Elizabethtown in Kentucky. Would you please help me I’m trying to get my baseball career back on track.

  5. william05-23-2012

    Having traveled throughout the country playing and now coaching my sons traveling Baseball teams, very interested in any and all information available about Steve Delabar’s program……

  6. Recruiting Cycle03-02-2013

    The program used by Delabar is called “Velocity Plus” and seems to be offered by many training facilities around the country

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