Thursday, June 7, 2012

Fishing and Baseball

Fishing and baseball.....that's been a big part of our lives in the Pickering family for the last 25 years.  All of my four sons have been quite successful at both.  However, my son, Chris, has taken it to a level few will ever experience.  Yesterday, he was selected in the Major League Baseball draft by the San Francisco Giants in the 32nd round.  He heads to Phoenix, AZ, this weekend to begin his major league career in what they call "summer short season" in the minor leagues.
You've seen Chris many times on this blog fishing.  He loves to fish, but rarely did he have time for it with all the demands of baseball.  He is a left handed pitcher who has been very successful due to a lot of hard work, time and effort, similar to the recipe for success in fishing.  In Little League, he actually pitched in World Series when he was 12 years old.  In high school, he was a two time all stater as an outfielder and a pitcher.  In college, he pitched for 4 years at URI knocking off some big wins from top 30 teams.  Last summer, he pitched in the Cape Cod League, about the top league in the country for college ball players. There,  he was very successful and was noticed by a lot of pro scouts.  So, it moves on with the dream to pitch in the pros.

I don't know where all this is going, but I do know that next fall I'll be out surf fishing with a pro ball player.  We are very proud of his accomplishments.