can make it to Mark (Mac) McGwire for him to read this article "In fight of his life St. Bernards coach focuses on team" it appeared in the StarTribune of St. Paul, MN. Its about my son-in-law Kasey Gray who grew up with you--Mark McGwire--as his role model, to the extent that he named his son after you--his name is McGwire and he will be 8 this Sept. 8 (he loves baseball as much if not more than his dad).
My son-in-law is recovering from surgery for a cavernous malformation in his brain stem which was done a year ago July in Phoenix AZ. He has been a baseball coach for the St. Bernards Bulldogs in St. Paul, MN. for the past 5-6 yrs. Starting out as assistant coach and leading up to head coach the past few years. His love of the sport has been so strong and it is that love that has brought him back to where he is today from his surgery. He still has a ways to go and we are uncertain if it will all come back or not, but his love of baseball is there 100%. His compassion for the young men he coaches is such an inspiration for the whole community. It is that desire to get back to the sport and his boys that made him work so hard in therapy and continues to work hard trying to get back as much as he can. He has in turn been a role model for the young men he has coached as they see first hand what it means to never give up, to work hard, and anything is possible. He has been a wonderful role model to his team as you have been to him, and for that I want to thank you. I know it would mean the world to Kasey if you could possibly e-mail him, or call him and talk to him personally. He has been one of your admirers of which I'm sure you have many.
Thank you for your time and mostly for being the outstanding athlete you have been and for being a positive influence in Kasey's life. It has made him a better coach, husband, father and all around member of society.
His e-mail is
and his telephone # is
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