The Evan Gattis story really began when he didn't show up to the Texas A&M baseball team in 2006, full scholarship and all. He was worried that his substance abuse would get him kicked off the team. That began a long road back to baseball. From last night's game:
The young man who caught Gattis' home run ball was wearing a Texas A&M hat. The irony was certainly not ignored by Gattis, who committed to play at A&M before he opted to avoid the possibility of testing positive for marijuana, a substance he mixed with alcohol in attempt to overcome depression.
This really is the stuff that shouldn't be believed, even in a movie. Nevertheless, this story seems destined to one day become a movie. Hopefully it's a decade or so down the road after Gattis has led the Atlanta Braves to many a World Series titles.
People love underdog stories and stories about redemption. People seem to love underdog stories in sports even more. The Evan Gattis story is a sports underdog story about redemption. This is only the beginning...