Our Big News

Once upon a time I met a boy who played baseball. Three weeks later, he signed a contract with the Chicago White Sox organization.  We got married and traveled the country while he chased his lifelong dream of making it to the big leagues.  From Virginia to Arizona to Alabama to North and South Carolina with a few stops in Chicago, we lived the baseball life.  Most of the time we made just enough money to pay the rent during the season.  A former clinical dietitian, I took odd jobs to help out.  My favorite gig was when I had my own beer stand on the field level at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium in Birmingham, Alabama.  I could watch the game and make money at the same time.  I didn’t mind the odd jobs, we were chasing a dream together and I was loving it.

Birmingham, AL
Charlotte, NC
My favorite baseball moment. Jeff was called in with the bases loaded and
two outs in Anaheim and struck the batter out.

We moved 3-5 times each year, depending on what happened during the season.  At one point, we decided to make Tucson our off-season home.  It made sense, spring training was in Tucson, so it would mean one less move during the year.  Little did we know that what we thought would be a temporary, off-season home would turn into the city where we would spend the next five years.  Towards the end of spring training in 2006, Jeff was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks.  He packed up his bags and literally walked across the parking lot from one clubhouse to another (the Diamondbacks and White Sox shared a spring training facility).  He ended up playing most of that year in Tucson with the triple-A Sidewinders. So instead of moving around, we lived at home.  It was a strange feeling to stay in the same place for an entire year, one that we were not used to.

Jeff pitching for the Diamondbacks the year before they switched to their new colors
Spring 2007

The next spring, when I was nine months pregnant with our son, Jeff threw in his last game.  We didn’t know it at the time, but two shoulder surgeries later, he was done.

What would our life look like without baseball in it?  That was a strange thought.
We both love the game so much.  Could we walk away for good?
For the next two years, we settled into life in Tucson.  We became part of a community and learned to live in one place.  Joe and Leila were born.

Baseball was played in the backyard.

We were a “normal” family for a little while.  A few months ago, Jeff realized that he still had baseball in his blood.  And as much as I had let myself settle in to our home and our city, I still had a heart for baseball too.  So we set out for California where Jeff has been coaching at Riverside Community College as he seeks out a job in professional baseball.  The past few months have been spent going back and forth between Arizona and California while Jeff coaches and we wait patiently for the right job to come up.

Jeff and the RCC baseball team Lunging for a Cure

Well, the day has come.  I can now officially announce that Jeff has a job with the Arizona Diamondbacks organization.  He will be a rookie ball pitching coach in the Arizona League.  We are ecstatic and thankful for this opportunity.  We love the game and the people in it.  We are back in baseball, and we couldn’t be happier.

  • Amy B November 10, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    Congratulations! That is such fabulous news!

  • Sabrina Lobato Gonzales November 10, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    Alysa – congratulations! So happy for your family!

  • Danielle Webb McNichol November 10, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    Oh Alysa! Great news! Congrats to your wonderful family! I really enjoyed this blog and love all of your posts! I especially liked your mention of the beer stand in AL! 😉 All the best!

  • KellysAvenue November 10, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    That's great news!! Congrats to y'all.

  • Tina Reale November 10, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Congrats to him! You all have certainly been on a whirlwind ride, but it sounds like a beautiful and joyful life. Plus, your 2 little ones are adorable.

  • Ashley Stewart November 10, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Congratulations to you both! How exciting. By the way – my favorite odd job was working the beer stand at Birmingham too! The front office staff there was awesome. Best wishes for your family and have fun!

  • Steph Biko November 10, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    Boy that brings back memories!!! Scotty and I are so excited for you all. We know how the love of baseball sticks with you forever. It's wonderful how Jeff will be able to do two things he loves: help kids with baseball and guide them during the good times and bad with Gods word. I can't wait to see what lies ahead…

  • Becca Ludlum November 11, 2010 at 3:53 am

    I am so excited for you and your family!! Are you moving to Phoenix, or will he commute?

    I guess we should start planning that CFA date…

  • stephsday November 15, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Congrats to your husband (and your family)! That is wonderful news. Will you be moving (or staying in Vail)?

    P.S. That top photo is outstanding! Was it professionally taken?

  • Mary-Peyton Posey November 24, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    This is amazing news! And in all the articles I've read, I didn't know you and Jeff spent time in Birmingham! I've lived here since 2001 and love it. Especially Barons baseball games! Best of luck and congratulations on your fabulous family news!

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  • Angela @ Nine More Months March 25, 2011 at 12:56 am

    Did he pitch in an Angels vs Whitesox game? We always manage to go to one of those games each year.

  • Alysa March 25, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Yes Angela, the pic above that says "my favorite baseball moment" was against the Angels 🙂

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