The New York Yankees came back to beat the Baltimore Orioles last night, winning the walk-off base hit of Jose Trevino.
To say the least it was a sensitive night for Trevino.
Trevino, a native of Texas, heard of the tragic incident at Rob Elementary School in Uvalade, Texas, where at least 19 children and two adults were killed in a school shooting.
But he had more than that in his mind.
Yesterday was the birthday of his father, who died in 2013.
MLB.com’s Brian Hoch tweeted about Trevino’s emotional day, his father sharing a beautiful short story about pitching a tennis ball in their backyard when they pretended to be at Yankee Stadium.
Jose Trevino said tonight his thoughts were with his father, who used to pitch him a tennis ball in their backyard, which they pretended was Yankee Stadium.
Joe passed in 2013, and today will be his birthday.
– Brian Hoch (brianhoch) May 25, 2022
Bigger than baseball
It’s a pretty short story, and it certainly strikes a chord.
Trevino had a lot in mind.
He had a dream on his father’s birthday, bringing a clutch to Yankee Stadium, a stadium where he had always dreamed of playing.
His thoughts on this day must have been with his father, but he had a heavy heart thinking about the life lost in the unconscious behavior of gun violence yesterday.
It must have been a whirlwind of days for him.
At the very least, he was able to do something he had dreamed of doing since he was a child, which allowed him to have a pretty little distraction from all the tragic events of yesterday.
But despite that, the emotions for the Yankees’ catcher were running high and at the end of the game, tears began to flow for those who lost yesterday and his father.
It’s bigger than baseball.