Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Ecksteins: Real Family Values

Spring is here and Opening Day is just around the corner. Stories abound about Barry Bonds' shape-shifting and other similar tales which have plagued America's past time in the modern era. However, I came across one baseball-related story of inspiration revolving around one of my favorite players of the current era: David Eckstein. Eckstein, all of 5'7", beat the odds just to make it to the majors, let alone to be on two teams that won the World Series and be the 2006 World Series MVP. The story is not about Eckstein directly but rather his family which is plagued by a genetic disease which destroys the kidneys in those that carry the genetic trait. Theirs is a story about perseverance and real family values.

Here is just a taste: "David Eckstein is up next, and he’s filled with familiar anticipation and butterflies. He’s been on-deck thousands of times as a major league ballplayer, a few steps from home plate, waiting his turn. But this is different. He’s ready to donate a kidney because that’s what people with his last name do. He’s been preparing most of his life, and, as with an at-bat, he’s watched others experience it first. Only three months ago, David’s brother Rick, the hitting coach for the Washington Nationals, donated a kidney to their oldest brother, Ken. An entire scorecard of Ecksteins, in fact, has either needed or donated kidneys. Everybody goes under the knife. The current Eckstein box score: Five kidney transplants with six more anticipated. Two family members and a close friend have donated kidneys."

1 comment:

Nancy said...

I love, love, love David Eckstein and his wife Ashley. He was my family's favorite player on our favorite team (Cardinals). We bought tickets for the Winter Warm Up so my daughter (who adored him) could meet him but instead we got an ice storm and couldn't go. She then got very sick. I asked if she could meet him at a game we were going to (to make up for not getting to meet him at the event) but on game days he didn't meet fans. (And of course, we don't have any "ins" or clout or connections... just regular fans from SW Missouri.) Instead, his wife Ashley brought my daughter a bag full of autographed items to our seats which made her so happy! Ashley even took a picture with her. You are right, family values and genuine kindness are what David (and Ashley) are all about! Best wishes to David and his family with the upcoming donation. May God bless them all!!!

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