David's dream was taken help him rebuild
Organized by: Robert Foster
David was an exceptional pitcher and hitter almost from the day he first walked into the field of play. He was a leader on the field with his strong and reserved demeanor. We haven't even begun to talk about his craftsman like pitching and tony gwynn like hitting. He played freshman baseball for his high school and compiled impressive stats. In his sophomore year he got everyone's attention with his powerful contact hitting and amazing pitching performances. The varsity coaches were eager for him to join the team his junior year and local scouts were talking to him about playing at the college level... But David had a problem and what happened next changed his life. The back story is sad for me to even write...and may be a tail of bad medical treatment. I have learned that as a parent you have a gut feeling and if you are not satisfied with what a doctor has told you, seek a second opinion. David was 10 years old and going to a Detroit Tigers baseball game with his friend. It is a 3 hour drive to Comerica Park. After 2 hours we stopped to stretch our legs. He and his friend got out and decided to have a foot race. While running David later told me "it felt like my right leg fell off, the worst pain I had ever felt." We went to his dr. And he said it was a pulled muscle...it wasn't. He kept having trouble with his hip while becoming a better and better baseball player and just "didn't let the pain stop me". At age 13 he was up almost every night with deep leg pain so I insisted on an orthopedic doctor to look at it and explained the symptoms. He took X-rays charged insurance a lot and told us david was fine and it was probably a pulled rectus femorus muscle that may not get better until after his growth spurt was done. The nighttime pain came and went for over two years. Finally, in late July 2014 David hit his last double. Standing up after diving back to second on a throw over from the pitcher David knew he was done playing. X-ray revealed global hip joint damage and MRI looked worse. 6 years of a labral tear had aged his hip to where bone was forming inside the joint and grinding up his cartilage and half the labrum was simply gone. Going into the surgery David was told he would pitch next spring. After surgery he was told he can never run again and if the second surgery doesn't work well he would need the hip replaced by age 30. I am writing this on 8.22.14 one day after David's first surgery and ironically one day after my 40th birthday. David is beginning to come to grips with the death of a dream. But he has another passion...bass fishing. I don't fish or even have an interest. But David does. We are trying to raise $10000 to buy a good used bass boat and a vehicle to pull it safely. His goal is to fish 20 tournaments from May 2015 to October 2015. Please help make this dream happen and we will personally keep you updated on David's bass pro dream!