Friends & Family-
I wanted to take the time to thank all of you for keeping us in your thoughts and prayers over the last few weeks.
As many of you know, my amazing wife gave birth to Taylor Danielle Scholl on February 28th. She decided to come see us 7 weeks early. Apparently, she wanted to start the drama queen thing as soon as possilble.
For those of you who know me, I am not prone to sharing my personal or family life. I do my best to keep the baseball life and personal life separate. Over these last few weeks, I have realized that hasn't really been true.
On the Sunday that I rushed my wife to the hospital, we began an amazing journey. Stressful and scary, but amazing. This was the perfect example of why I am not a fan of roller coaster rides.
As I was laying on the couch in my wife's hospital room that first night, I don't think I have ever felt so helpless in my entire life. Watching my wife try to lay perfectly still, hooked up to oxygen and try to stay relaxed was gut wrenching. The only thing I could do was pray. Pray a ton. I also reached out to all of my Facebook friends. In a matter of minutes, my phone was on fire. We received HUNDREDS of "likes", comments, text messages and emails. To say they lifted our spirits, would be a vast understatement. As we wheeled my wife in to emergency c-section surgery, I reached out to everyone once again. Another tremendous response from friends and family. I actually read comments to my wife while we were in the operating room.
Taylor came through with flying colors. She was able to breathe on her own from day one. The nurses removed her IV's after a few days. Since she was born so early, she had to stay at the hospital for close to 2 weeks. Finally, on Monday, March 12th, we were able to bring our miracle home for good. She continues to amaze us. She eats like a little piggy, is gaining weight and getting stronger every day. We took her to her first doctor appointment today. The doctor gave us nothing but great news. Zero concerns.
It has been a long and emotional 2 1/2 weeks. I will never be able to thank all of you individually for all of your prayers, wonderful comments and encouraging words. The support has been overwhelming. We have heard from life long friends, guys I played ball with 20 years ago, guys I've coached against, players I've coached against, college coaches...you name it.
All that being said, I wanted to say a very special THANK YOU to my Blacksox family:
Mickey: Thank you. I know I can always count on you. Your words of wisdom help me tremendously.
Russell family: The gift basket kept me alive. Thank you for your kindness.
LG: Thank you for being a mother hen and checking on my family.
Lewis family: Thank you for checking on us during our difficult time.
Estep & Anderson family: Thank you for checking on all of us. Thank you for talking baseball with me. It was a much needed distraction.
Blacksox Parents: I cannot begin to list all of you. We have heard from hundreds of current and former Blacksox parents. Thank you so much for your wonderful comments and prayers.
Blacksox Coaches: Thank you for all of your kind words and prayers. Special thanks to Coach Lewis and Coach Auten. Class acts.
Blacksox Players: You guys never cease to amaze me. Thank you for all of your text messages and great comments and prayers.
Last but not least, to my beautiful wife Lori...
Thank you for giving us 2 beautiful, amazing children. You are an amazing wife and mother. I love you!
Again, thanks to all of you. God answers prayers.
Love each and every one of you!
Tommy, Lori, Kade & Taylor