I knew I wanted to play professional baseball from the time I was 10 years old and realized what it felt like to drive a baseball over the fence, experienced the smell of my glove when I put it up to my face, and the feel of the rush of Saturday night under the lights when I took the mound. Although I really wanted to start early, I was unable to play when I was 6, 7, and 8 years old because of my hip. But, once I began playing my first year when I was nine, I fell in love with everything about the game and knew that I would do everything in my power for as long as I could to make it to the big leagues and achieve my goals because I felt such a connection to what I was doing while playing and staying on a consistent pursuit to improve my ability.
I had hip trouble growing up that ultimately led me to having a very arthritic hip joint by the time I was 19. My hip was highly arthritic due to a condition I had when I was young. The condition I had is known as legg-calve perthes syndrome, and it disrupts the development of the hip socket and eventually leads to osteoarthritis and ultimately osteonecrosis.