Wednesday, February 3, 2016

My Perspective: MLB debut

Let's talk baseball.
As some of you may know, Ken made his MLB debut this season with the Rockies. 
Wanna hear about that day from my perspective?
Read on!

(photo designed by one of our talented friends, Shane Read)

I remember it like it was yesterday.
We had just come home from a long game, it was midnight, and we were about to sit down and work on our puzzle we had just bought (we are seriously old people at heart). As we were sitting there, Ken got a text from his manager telling him to call him, and that it was an emergency. 
We both knew what that meant. 
Ken called his manager, and he began to tell Ken that he wanted to talk about how he wasn't paying attention in the meeting that was held that day. 
If any of you know Ken, that's not ever a thing you would say about him. 
After a little banter back and forth, the manager told Ken to come back to the clubhouse, pack up his stuff, and that he was going to the Big Leagues. 
(cue the tears)
Ken was so calm and collected, yet overwhelmed and excited. 
The call he had been dreaming of and working SO hard for since he was literally 3 years old, was finally his reality.  
We were both so happy that we could be spending this moment together. 
It was so special.
We called his parents, then called mine. 

We got in the car and drove 20 minutes back to the field. 
He goes in, packs his stuff, and we head back to the apartment.
In less than ten minutes (it's now probably 1:30 in the morning), our whole closet is torn apart and we are trying to figure out what to pack. 
The thing is, he could be up for 1 day or the rest of the season (bet you didn't know that about baseball!). 
We literally had no idea. 
We packed clothes, important documents, and finally ended up getting into bed around 3 am. 
I ended up being able to book the same flight as him, and we were set to wake up around 6 am to head to the airport. 

The next morning came quick. 
We both tossed and turned and obviously just couldn't sleep.
We were both so excited, but for Ken, he almost couldn't be excited and let his guards down, because the next day he could be throwing in his first Major League Baseball game and he had to be focused. 
We were exhausted but so excited. 
(have I mentioned we were really excited?)
 The whole thing was surreal!

Incredibly tired but totally ready, we got on our plane and headed to San Diego. 

San Diego was beautiful.

(this is the view from our hotel room, of course not doing it justice)

We got to our hotel, and Ken headed for the field right after.
Luckily, Ken's parents flew in that day, and the assistant to Ken's agent drove us around everywhere we wanted and needed to go. 

That day Ken didn't throw which we were so happy since it had been such a long night and day for all of us, but especially him! 
We were all able to just soak up the fact that he was in the Big Leagues in beautiful San Diego and got to enjoy the day. 

(I'm not even sure who took this photo... I think maybe Root Sports tweeted it or something.)

(these photos were taken in the tunnel after the game)

The next day, May 3, 2015
 he made his MLB debut. 



One thing that was really cool to see is that on his debut, he got to throw to Michael McKenry. 
Michael and his wife Jaclyn have turned into dear friends of ours.
Ken actually threw bullpens that off season to Michael, which made throwing to him in his debut a little more comfortable than it normally would have been to a catcher he barely knew.
Michael and Ken both attended the same college, MTSU, so it was a special moment for both of them.
A Blue Raider battery in the MLB... 
Again, so thankful for how the Lord works out every detail. 

I remember being at peace the whole outing, and it was oddly calming to watch my husband out on the mound. 
After his 3 out, no run inning, as he walked to the dugout and all the guys cheered him on and welcomed him with high-fives... I sat back in that stadium seat overwhelmed with tears just thanking God for an amazing first outing, and for this amazing journey He has brought us on.
Observing my husband doing what he was created to do was absolutely breath taking. 
I will never forget that moment.

If you want to hear his perspective?


  1. Sweet tears just came to my eyes, Katie! What wonderful memories that can never be taken away. All the best to y'all this season. Continue to shine for Him! xO

    1. Love you so much girl! Thank you for your constant friendship!