Fathers everywhere want close relationships with their sons. Our parenting expert and author, Jamie Bohnett shows you how in his book, Letters to My Son. He shares his journey of faith and teaches us through real life stories and heroes. Let's find out how Jamie uses the sports story of Randy Johnson, Jack and J.T. Snow to share an important moral.Dear Son,
Let me share another father-son baseball story that I read about a few years ago. This is the story of J.T. Snow, who the Red Sox acquired in the trade from the San Francisco Giants. J.T. is the son of Jack Snow, the former All-Pro wide receiver for the Los Angeles Rams from 1965 to 1975. I can tell you, son, as a former L.A. Rams fan those three words "complete to Snow" were music to my ears.
Sadly , but with pride I'm sure, before Jack Snow passed away this January at sixty-two, J.T. told his dad that he would be wearing Jack's old number with the Rams, #84, when he plays for the Red Sox.
The father-son relationship had not been an easy one for J.T. and his siblings. Jack was a stern disciplinarian to J.T. and his sisters while they grew up, and he was often hyper critical and overbearing. J.T., though athletically gifted as his dad, inherited more of his mom's sensitive nature. There came a time just a few years ago when J.T. was playing baseball for the California Angels that he had not talked to his parents for two and a half years. Even when he learned that his mother had cancer, the silence continued.
But the story doesn't end there. Of course you remember ol' Randy Johnson. He would never be accused of being a "touchy feely" kind of guy. Well, in a spring training game in 1997, a 100-mph Johnson fastball hit J.T.'s wrist and ricocheted to hit the orbital bone around his left eye. It was then that J.T. called his parents and they took the call.
As he recovered from the accident, the relationship with his parents went through a healing as well. His mother died that following year of breast cancer. J.T. and his wife named their son, who was born eight months after her death, "Shane" to honor her, as Shane was her maiden name.
I like how Jamie talks to his son about sports topics and teaches a lesson. Can you guess the moral of this story? To find out more about how the relationship between Jack and J.T. turned out go to page 49 of Letters to My Son.
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