May 5, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies relief pitcher John Axford (66) talks to his son Jamison Axford before the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Have you ever need to remind yourself that baseball is just a game? Here is your reminder: Jameson Axford’s first pitch!
Thanks belong to Michelle Tuckner of Fox 31 Denver Sports for posting the Vine of the epic moment.
Jameson Axford is the two year old son of Rockies reliever John Axford. Here’s why this first pitch by a kid is so much more than just an ordinary first pitch.
It was spring training and the Axford family were playing outside at the home they were renting near Scottsdale, Arizona. John Axford’s son Jameson was bitten by a rattlesnake NOT ONCE but twice on his right foot.
Jameson spent four weeks in intensive care at hospitals in Phoenix and Denver. Fears of Jameson losing his foot were a reality. According to the Denver Post’s Patrick Saunders:
"“On Monday, he will undergo his first skin-graft surgery, a major step in a long road to recovery. Because Jameson’s right foot has not healed enough to allow him to walk, Jameson will roll his wheelchair onto the Diamond on Friday to make his pitch.”"
So while the Dodgers and Rockies Twitter accounts were playing Tic-Tac-Toe, here’s what was going through a proud Papa’s mind:
"“Just to see my son out there and with a smile on his face, being able to do something that he loves to do, which is come to a baseball game — that’s something that’s kind of rare right now, with what’s going on,” said John Axford. “He’s gone through so much already.” Vancouver Sun"
All of sudden, who win and loses this weekend, doesn’t matter quite as much does it?