No matter how you feel, last year a local boy made history. Sean Conroy, from Clifton Park via Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy NY), made a step to realizing his dreams by playing pro ball – granted at one of the lowest levels – with the Sonoma Stompers. I learned about Sean from a friend who recommended a great book – The Only Rule is it Has To Work. I was drawn to the book because it hit on my favorite subject in college – statistics. You see, the two authors wrote the book about how they picked out a lineup looking solely at statistics. Sean was, perhaps, their best prospect. A pitcher – and all around athlete – he is very humble (you can get a great feel for him from the book). While it is not clear if Sean will make it to the big leagues – you see RPI is D3, he did make it into the hall.
While you may not understand why this is such a monumental event that it should make it into the Hall of Fame…it takes a lot to be true to yourself and to put yourself out there when you could be rejected or assaulted for being yourself. Whether you agree or not with Sean and who he is, you have to admit that there is no place for hate in Baseball.