Buddies play a very important role in the success of the Miracle League and we are grateful to have the support and commitment of so many buddies. While their primary role is one of assisting the player in every aspect of playing baseball, some take it a step further.
During the Cardinals game on April 30, several people noted the role of a buddy assisting one of the Cardinals players, Michael, who is blind. Michael’s buddy, also named Michael, not only assisted him in batting, circling the bases and ensuring his safety in the field, but he also conducted his own “play by play” of everything that was going on. After each pitch, Michael, the buddy, would lean over and tell Michael, the player, exactly what was going on.
Whether in the field, on the base paths or in the dugout, Michael, the player, was able to enjoy the game in a manner very similar to a sighted person. The relationship between these two young people was something that literally brought tears to those who observed the special bond created by one individual who was committed to making the day a special event for the athlete he was supporting.
To Michael, the buddy, we say thank you not only for your commitment to the League but for showing a unique and caring effort to make the games a memorable experience for Michael , the player. We appreciate both of you and applaud the bond forged in a very short period of time. This is what the Miracle League program is all about.