With baseball season in full…um…swing, I just had to share this story about Johnathan Taylor. Known as J.T., Taylor played center field for the University of Georgia Bulldogs and dreamed of going pro. Then, during a game against the Florida State on March 6, Taylor and his team’s left fielder, Zach Cone, collided when they both dove for a line drive in the top of the third inning. Taylor fractured two vertibrae (C5 and C6) and bruised his spinal cord. ”JT’s a pretty special kid. There are not too many like JT,” said his coach, David Perno, immediately after the fateful game.
The Texas Rangers thought so, too. Yesterday, the organization drafted Taylor in the 33rd round of the 2011 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft.