His name is Dawson Batts, he is 12-year-old pitcher from Fayetteville, N.C. and although he was born without a left arm, he is still probably better at baseball than me. To be fair, though, I’m not exactly a slouch. I’ve always excelled at leisure sports, like sunbathing and mid-afternoon naps.
Batts was born with only a right arm, but since he started whacking tee balls at the age of 3, it’s never made him think twice about playing the game he loves. Instead, he’s turned it into his greatest asset. He’ll tell you that he can do more things with one arm than most kids his age can do with two. So far, he’s absolutely right….
As for Dawson, he has a clear plan for his life: playing baseball for North Carolina State and then getting drafted by the Red Sox, potentially becoming another Jim Abbott. His favorite player is Dustin Pedroia, because “he’s the underdog,” and it seems with each new level of baseball he tries, Dawson continues to grow out of that own label.
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