The weather is starting to hit 50 degrees, and Spring Training is starting to become the headlines in the newspapers. As we all celebrate the arrival of baseball season, former Sox infielder Mike Aviles has a little extra celebrating to do.
Aviles' daughter, Adrianna, was diagnosed with Leukemia last May while Aviles was traveling with the Cleveland Indians. Hearing a diagnosis as serious as Leukemia will never be an easy thing, but Aviles received an immense amount of support from the Indians and several clubs around the league. After hearing the terrible news, Indians players all shaved their heads in support of Adrianna's fight against cancer.
Even with the Indians struggling during the season, they decided to keep Aviles in Cleveland so he could remain close with his family during this difficult time.
Although a battle with cancer can be a very stressful time, Aviles and his family received excellent news on Thursday. After a bone marrow transplant, Aviles told reporters that his daughter is now cancer free. Adrianna is now ready to get on a flight and head down to Florida to watch her dad play for the Tigers in Spring Training.
We all love our sports teams, and we all love to hate the teams we play, but there are certain stories that put things into perspective. This is one of those stories that makes us all take a step back and realize that baseball is just a game, and there are far more important things in life. We're all excited for baseball season to start, but I think Mike Aviles will be heading into this season with an even bigger smile on his face.
By Matt Watts