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I'm not computer literate enough without my kids to copy the link...I'm sure someone will do it soon. There is an excellent story on a young man at UNLV that was posted this afternoon on the PG Website. He is the son of one of our own HSBBW members, and I'm sure his parents are quite proud. It would be nice if someone could add the link to this thread, and wish this young man luck in fulfilling his dreams to play Pro Ball.

http://www.perfectgame.org/Art...ew.aspx?article=4790
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I added the link.

Kyle Kretchmer can hit 500 ft. homeruns like other guys can hit singles and doubles. In addition to his fine baseball ability (.over .700 slugging percentage, .400 average, .500 OBP) this young man has OUTSTANDING character and work ethic. He has the academic ability to be a Rhodes Scholar and the tenacity to keep working at his craft in face of adversity. I think he has earned more than a chance and I am convinced he will not disappoint!

I should add - love this quote "He has light tower power!"
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Now that is fun to read.
For those of us who have so much enjoyed reading all that O'44 contributes on this site, one can truly see the apple did not fall far from the tree. I know I am preaching to a very large choir when saying that O'44 has a son of whom he can be/is very proud, very proud!!!

Earlier this week, this comment from bbscout had been cut and pasted:
"The guy who is afraid to chase the rainbow sure won't be a big leaguer."

Timely, very timely.
Can't say enough great things about Kyle and his family. Great kid,great student, great athlete from a great family. So glad to see Kyle getting the attention he deserves. And, I agree, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

I would also like to thank O'44 for all the advice and mentoring he freely gives to members here on the hsbbweb. He's very experienced and always has been helpful to posters requesting advice. Kyle has incredible things ahead for him, wether it be on the field or in the classroom. Most likely will make a great doctor someday.
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I would also like to thank O'44 for all the advice and mentoring he freely gives to members here on the hsbbweb. He's very experienced and always has been helpful to posters requesting advice. Kyle has incredible things ahead for him, wether it be on the field or in the classroom. Most likely will make a great doctor someday.


...when I read the article this afternoon, it's the first thing that came to mind regarding O-44! Congratulations to Kyle on a stellar season and the entire Kretchmer Family! You raised a pretty good kid!

BTW...Thanks for adding the link CD!
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We are truly blessed. Thank you all, he has gotten FAR, FAR more than his share of accolades here. He is just a kid with a dream and a real love for the game, working hard in all areas and trying to beat down the walls. As I said before reagrdless of if he is mine or not he is a good human story of what might be accomplished as water wearing down rock.

Thought that Jim Ecker at PG did a masterful job of capturing a story of emotion, effort, the passion, the dream...and Kyle.

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Wonderful article about a great young man.

I got to watch Kyle play his last two years of high school and then have watched from afar his college career as well as occasionally catching his off season workouts back here in the Monterey area.

Kyle has always impressed me in many ways - first of all his modesty, his willingness to help others, and his work ethic. I can still visualize him pounding on a stair master - just dripping with sweat and the machine protesting with every step...

One of the most impressive batting practice home runs I have ever seen hit was hit by Kyle at the old CSUMB field at Fort Ord about three years ago. For those who don't know, the field faces the Pacific Ocean, has extremely heavy air and was large. Kyle hit one into a probably 15 MPH wind that went out to dead center about 3/4 of the way up the light tower. Ball had to go 450+ feet as the fence was 400 at that point. And it was a wood bat.

I certainly hope to hear his name called in the upcoming draft!!!

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P.S. I did smile when I saw this quote from Jerry "I understand that he is very intelligent, but wants to play at the professional level." - implying that smart people are usually too smart to want to play professionally Smile

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