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44th Professional baseball start

April 14, 2011

Laguna Hills, CA – Today my son John Lamb (0-0, 6.00) will toe the rubber for his 44th professional baseball start of his career since signing with the Kansas City Royals organization out of Laguna Hills High School back in 2008. We are obviously excited for any day that John gets to pitch and today is no different. Based on a conversation earlier this week my son has indicated the club has given him more pitches for his assignment against the San Antonio Missions, Double-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres.

Photo credit - Colleen Lamb

The one thing that I’m very proud of, other than the obvious, is the fact that John has never missed a start during any professional baseball season with the Royals organization. Even with the limited number of pitches during the last performance, imposed by the club due to a slight strain during Spring training, Lamb has been successful with taking the ball every five days for his team. With limited opportunity as a starting pitcher in professional baseball it is very important to be ready for each start.

Last night served as a typical restless night for this Dad of a professional baseball player. Under the circumstances that my son has been deemed a prospect by various media outlets really has no bearing on the somewhat silly fate before my son starts a game. I have experienced certain things for many years now leading up to the first pitch of any baseball game. Anxiety, restlessness and a growling stomach are common place when I know my son is pitching.

These commonalities before my son’s starts, or performances, are not likely to change anytime soon with the amount of attention given the Royals farm system. Even with my long time association around the game of baseball and current scouting responsibility with the Florida Marlins my fatherly tendencies remain difficult to suppress around any professional baseball starts by John Lamb.

The Northwest Arkansas Naturals (5-1) start their first road trip of the season today at 8:05pm ET in San Antonio, TX. John Lamb and the rest of the Naturals will try to continue the winning ways as the reigning Texas League champs. The Naturals have gotten off to a great start thru the opening season home-stand and now it’s the first time to produce on the road. The next couple of hours will be difficult leading up to the 44th professional baseball start for John Lamb.

* Catch great Texas League baseball all season long with the Naturals Radio Network, on our flagship station, ESPN 92.1 the Ticket! Over 115 of the Naturals’ 140 games will be broadcast on ESPN 92.1 the Ticket*, with Naturals’ broadcaster Steven Davis calling the action.

  1. April 14, 2011 20:41

    Mr. Lamb, I just wanted to say that your son is nothing short of professional. He was the first one out of the dugout the evening and right at the edge were some fans eager for autographs. As a father of two young boys I decided I would like to create a nice collection of baseball memorabilia that we could share together once they are old enough to understand.

    I say this because I approached John as he was ending the line of signing every thing that the fans put in front of him and he returned to the front of the line where I was standing and signed my ball. He got the “sweet spot” but unfortunately I brought a bad pen and it smeared a little. Anyways, I was very happy that he still took the time out to sign even though he still was about to go warm up.

    I wish him and your family a successful future and if John happens to read this, thank you John. I look forward to sharing these memories with my boys in the future.

  2. April 15, 2011 22:28

    John –

    Thanks for the visit and for sharing your experience with my son around the ballpark. Your news makes this Dad very proud of his actions before a game. Hope to hear from you again soon.


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