In the spring of 2005, I had gotten myself into a pickle literally. I got caught in a pickle on the baseball field, slid into third base head first and dislocated my right shoulder. After years of dealing with the injury to starve off the surgery process, I used rehab to get me back.
A few years had gone by and I was playing Division 2 junior college baseball and had earned a starting position as a walk on. While in spring training In South Carolina, I had finally hit a breaking point when I dislocated my shoulder for the 5th time from just throwing a baseball to my teammate. I was brought to the hospital to have it put back in and one of the athletics trainers in South Carolina gave me some great advice. He said "If you ever want to play baseball again you have to visit Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Alabama."
When I got home back to Clarks Summit, PA my parents Bill, Cheri and I did research and saw the credentials of the world renowned doctor who had done surgery on numerous professional athletes. We then made an appointment and made the long trek to Birmingham, Alabama.
During my initial appointment, Dr. Andrews analyzed my MRI and told us that I would need surgery to reconstruct my 270 degree labrum tear that would require 12 anchors. He had told me the most he had ever put in a person was 16 anchors and that was an NFL lineman.
Dr. Andrews performed my surgery on April 8, 2008. I would be out of baseball for a year, and after vigorous therapy that was very painful to get my range of motion back, I was able to get back on the field in 2009. I got back and earned a starting position in junior college were I batted .318 at Lackawanna College.
I then transferred to Maywood University, a Division 3 school in Scranton, PA and played baseball there for three years. I played solid baseball in the first two years starting and batting .300 until I was able to breakout in my senior season. I had a record-breaking season batting .419 (44th in nation), .506 on base percentage (37th in nation), 62 hits most in the programs history in a single season,16 doubles first on team (66th in nation), 6 triples first on team (31st in nation), 46 runs first on team (70th in nation), 3 home runs and 36 RBI's. I was able to become the teams MVP and earned 1st team All CSAC Conference honors as well as American Baseball Coaches Association second-team all region which was the only player in the program's history to ever receive all regional honors.
Nowadays, I live in Dalton, PA with my Fiancé, Stephanie, and our yellow lab, Eddie. I weight train frequently and have gotten into golf after graduation. I am a 6.3 handicap at the moment and am still working to get better every year. In 2018 I had 2 hole in ones. I work for our family meat processing business Pasqualichio Brothers in Scranton, PA and am able to work comfortably in the physical labor aspect of the business.
Dr. Andrews saved my sports career by reconstructing my shoulder properly to playing again at a high level. I want to thank him for the second chance I was given with my shoulder. I can live my day-to-day life pain free and do normal activities after such a severe injury.
Thank you Dr. Andrews!