Keeping The Faith

Sean Rodriguez says near fatal accident has made him stronger

Jim Colony
March 11, 2018 - 10:36 am
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Sean Rodriguez knew his life would change when he signed with Atlanta following the 2016 season after spending the previous two years in Pittsburgh. Rodriguez was able to turn a career-high 18 home runs into a nice free agent deal with the Braves – $11.5 million over 2 years – finally a significant payoff after 9 major league seasons.

But not 2 months later Rodriguez’ life was turned upside down when his Chevy Suburban was slammed into by a stolen police cruiser in Miami, with his wife and 2 sons also inside.  Fortunately, the Suburban provided enough protection that while Rodriguez’ wife and older son were seriously injured, they survived. The guy who stole the cruiser was killed.

Rodriguez himself was injured badly enough that he needed significant shoulder surgery and it was feared he may miss the entire 2017 season.  But he fought through his rehab and was able to return to the Braves mid-July then less than 3 weeks later was traded back to the Pirates and now is getting ready for his 11th season, hoping to return to his 2016 form.

Most of us would think Rodriguez is a very lucky man, and he won't necessarily disagree, butKeepin says it goes beyond that. “I don’t believe in luck, I believe God obviously allows things to happen, some people question God and why he does what he does.

“You can take some things for granted sometimes - and I don’t think I do,” Rodriguez continues, “I just think there’s so much more clarity that can be found in life, in general,” saying he leans on The Book of Job for inspiration. Much more in the attached interview.

Rodriguez, by the way, is already in mid-season form. In 8 games he has already started at 5 positions - all 3 in the OF, second base and shortstop – and his only error was actually an otherwise perfect throw from RF that hit the runner in the back.  Plus, going into Sunday Rodriquez leads the team with 3 home runs, indications that he is finally fully-recovered from the accident.