Monday, July 11, 2011

Mizzou Baseball in the Majors: All-Star Aaron Crow

Aaron Crow's career has seen twists, turns (
Aaron Crow shouldn’t be here, and that’s not meant in the way you might think. This is not about a middle reliever’s place in this week’s All-Star Game, or about a rookie making the team, or even about Crow being selected over Alex Gordon.

No, this is about a man getting raked by minor leaguers one year and then being one of the major leagues’ best pitchers the very next year.

This is about a man pitching so badly in Class AA that he is demoted by an organization that gave him $3 million, about that man then struggling even worse in Class A and setting off a minor spread of panic.

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These days, Crow is obviously separated even more from his home. Gone are the days when the family could time visits based on starting appearances. Weekday trips into Kaufmann Stadium make the clock strike quickly for Kevin and Julie the next day, though the proximity of KC remains nice.

“If it’s the weekends, or a big game, they’ll come and fight through any tiredness the next day,” Aaron said. “They don’t come to too many games. Either way, my dad would rather sit on the couch at home and watch it. It’s just as easy to do that and see every game.”

No sofa, however, will suffice for the All-Star Game. Kevin and Julie are headed to Phoenix. And why not?

“We’re not missing it. It’s one of those things you don’t want to miss,” Kevin said. “You want to be there when your child takes his first step, you want to be there when he speaks his first word and this is one of those milestones. He’s worked his life for this honor and we’d just like to be there with him.”

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