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Today as i sit here writing, I would never taught i would be writing about this. But after reading about some former Marlins players, I happened to come across Alex Gonzalez. González played an important role in the 2003 World Series against the Yankees. After going 1-for-13 in the World Series, he hit a walk-off home run in the 12th inning of Game Four to give the Marlins a 4-3 victory and a 2-2 tie in the Series. The extra innings happened because Florida’s closer Ugueth Urbina blew a 3-1 lead in the ninth. Then in Game Five, González hit a two-out game-tying double and scored later in Game 5, another Marlins victory. González added an extra run in the sixth and final game, when he slid around catcher Jorge Posada, eluding him and brushing the plate with his left hand. Florida beat the odds with a 2-0 victory and won the World Series.

But then I happened on this link where it talks about the struggles the Gonzalez family has gone through with their baby Johan Gonzalez, he was born two months early with an undersized trachea and underdeveloped organs. Which just broke my heart being a father of two myself. But it doesn’t get better….He needed myriad surgeries in the early months of his life to stand a fighting chance. Much of the baby’s first 10 months were spent in the hospital. July 13, after a Friday night game when he got the call. Johan had stopped breathing in his sleep, perhaps the result of surgery performed to elongate his trachea and was in a coma.The lack of oxygen to Johan’s brain caused swelling and severe damage.

Now as a father my heart and prayers go out to Alex and his family. It really got me thinking about how strong that family has to be to go though something so hard as this. May god be by your side always Johan…. My prayers are with you.

If you would like to read the whole post you can go here:

http://sports.espn.go.com/boston/columns/story?columnist=nelson_amy&id=4537575

Thanks and say a prayer tonight for Johan and his family…

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