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.