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March 1, 2011

Laguna Hills, CA – The opportunity to play any professional level baseball game slipped away many years ago. There is no mystery with the fact that bodies age and dreams sometimes slip through the cracks of life, but there is a genuine blast of adrenaline from the news that your son continues living his dreams. Part of this dream requires taking specific steps toward that goal. One of these steps is playing in a big league level game and that day is Wednesday, March 2, 2011. The 20 year-old lefty, John Lamb, will take on a random part of the Los Angeles Dodgers batting order for some spring training work in his first major league level game at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, AZ. This level of anticipation might drive many to lose some sleep and focus during the hours, or days, proceeding any special moment of a baseball career, but not all. Lamb, as many other Royals players, continue to take the small steps in stride during their first Major League Baseball spring training assignments as non roster invitees with the Kansas City Royals.

Photo credit – John Sleezer, KC Star

Disruptions in sleep can be triggered by many things. Some can be controlled while others remain a true challenge for this family of a professional baseball player. Spring training is really a big part of the building blocks for the upcoming season and some appearances are brief but with purpose. The pain relief medications for my current disability continue to be the dominating factor with my insomnia but knowing that John will be pitching in his first Major League game tomorrow has the chipmunks running wild while in bed. Plenty of friendly Royals fans, management, staff, teammates and his agents with Paragon Sports International will all be on hand to watch the southpaw take this step. Anxious is an understatement for this first experience of my son pitching this Spring at Arizona game speed. One more night to blame the kid for some loss of sleep.

Life experiences can distract anyone from focus but baseball has always been my son‘s concentration. John remains imperturbable about the game of baseball as some have seen during these early years of his career. I expect nothing different over this recent news of his first appearance in a stadium for the big club. A Cactus League debut should excite any player with a pulse and I’m confident that some extra juice should be flowing when John Lamb stares down his first batter on Wednesday afternoon. I know there will be a large smile on my face after the announcement into tomorrow’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

A professional baseball career is rarely defined by any one-act on the field but there is only one chance for a first impression and some will see John for the first time on Wednesday. The “first time” experiences will always stay close to heart while this professional baseball journey continues to evolve for the Lamb family. One more night to deal with this particular first for John Lamb during his career.

* On a much more important note, there is no greater loss to a family than the tragedy of unexpected death. Please extend your thoughts and prayers to Anthony Seratelli, member of the Kansas City Royals farm system, and his family for the recent loss of his Father, Russell Seratelli, to injuries suffered from an auto accident earlier today.

  1. glp permalink
    March 2, 2011 11:48

    Relax, James…it’s just spring training! You’re allowed to sleep the night before! What are you going to do when he makes his major league debut?

    • March 6, 2011 11:09

      I know I should’t get too worked up over a Spring training game, but it is his 1st big camp out of the gate and excitement levels for his work have been intense. I might need therapy when the call comes through over a debut. Looking forward to that problem 🙂

  2. Vince permalink
    March 2, 2011 22:31

    Congrads to both of you and especially John for all his hard work and determination. Glad I got to watch him for free every day while I did.

    • March 6, 2011 11:12

      Vince –
      Thank you for the visit and well wishes. We continue to be very excited with the early direction of John’s professional baseball career with the Royals. Take care 🙂

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