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For love and the game: How his brave son, baseball family inspire Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo

But there is one photo Montoyo keeps hidden from view, a framed 4-by-6-inch image inside of his armoire. He takes the picture out when others aren’t around, he says, as a reminder to himself.

The photograph shows Alex, just before his fifth birthday, lying in a hospital bed in the intensive care unit, a stream of tubes and IVs protruding from his body and his head. He is sedated, mouth open, eyes closed, a peaceful expression on his face.

“I keep this picture here to remind me how lucky I am,” Montoyo says.

The photo also brings perspective: of what he has lost throughout his journey in baseball—namely, time with his family—but also of what he has gained in an extended family that stretches far beyond the field.

Montoyo was a favorite of mine as a kid, a gritty/scrappy utility guy who drew walks for days but never got more than a sip of coffee in the majors. He’s since, of course, become a successful manager culminating in his landing the Jays gig this season. Still, he might be as well known for what he and his family have experienced with their youngest son’s health concerns.
This article does a nice job of touching on their experiences, how B.A.T. has helped, and on the friendship at least one family has shown them along the way. Solid read.

Der-K: at 10% emotional investment Posted: June 17, 2019 at 06:02 AM | 0 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: durham bulls, fatherhood, health, heart, toronto blue jays

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