The adventures, ideas, and observations of a twenty-something
Monday, June 13, 2011
Jonathan Taylor wore the #2 jersey on the University of Georgia baseball team; JT-2. JT-2 is also what is painted on the stadium's outfield wall and what is painted on the back of his teammates' batting helmets. Following a March 6th collision in the outfield with teammate and friend Zach Cone, Taylor was paralyzed from the waist down.
This past Wednesday, Taylor was selected by the Texas Rangers in the 33rd round of the Major League Baseball draft. Kip Fagg, the Rangers Director of Scouting said, "This was the right thing to do. It was about respecting how the kid went about his business, and it was a way to honor him and the way he played the game". UGA baseball coach David Perno said "This was truly a classy move and a great gesture on the part of the Texas Rangers organization". Celebrating with his doctors and family at physical therapy, Taylor was overjoyed and "His face lit up when he got the call". Doctors at the Atlanta area Shepherd Center where Taylor is undergoing treatment say that most people with Taylor's injuries never walk again. Taylor says he plans on walking again...onto the baseball field.
Thanks for reading and I hope you all had a great weekend!