An Open Letter to Devin

Devin Cairo

I’m sorry.

I’m sorry you’re sick.  I’m sorry that you’re not at school right now hanging with your bro’s, or working out with the baseball team, or going to the football game Friday night.  I’m sorry that cancer has chosen to take up residence in your body, making your senior year memorable for all the wrong reasons.  I’m sorry that you’re having to endure test after test, and that everything you want to do is outside that room you’re in.  Devin, I’m so sorry.

But, here’s what we need you to do: Win the game.  Like baseball, life is a journey that’s connected by all sorts of experiences and events.  Some are good, and some, like now, are not so good.  But, life is not defined by any one thing that happens, so, as hard as it may be right now, we need you to work hard and get past this.  Like baseball, this is just an inning.  And, you know…bad innings happen.  But, as coach always says, keep your head up, get past it, and let’s score some runs.

Win the game.

You’re a pitcher, and all of us who’ve ever pitched in a baseball game know that when you have the ball on the bump, it’s you against what seems like the world.  One batter after another comes to the plate, and their sole objective is to crush the pitch you throw.  Sometimes, they do.  But, then again, sometimes they don’t, and your pitch turns into a ground out, a fly ball, or even a swing and a miss.  Put enough of those together, and you win the game.

Devin, what you’re going through right now is just part of the game.  It’s an inning.  Maybe just one batter.  We need to you to bow up and beat this guy.  Get the ball back, and throw your best stuff.  Maybe even throw that knuckleball you were working on this summer.  If you do get hit, we’re here behind you playing defense, helping you get the guy out.  We don’t want him on base, either, so we’re going to do everything we can to help.

Just win the game.

OHS - CopyI know it doesn’t seem like it right now, but you’ll be past all of this soon.  It’s temporary. This particular inning in your life will be in the past.  That’s one step closer to winning the game.  And, we want you to win…oh, how we want you to win.  You’re part of us all, and you’re part of all that is baseball at Oakland.  When we lace up our cleats and spit in our glove and step onto that cathedral field, we do so as a family.  And, we do it with one purpose – to win the game.

When Lou Gehrig gave his famous farewell speech to the fans in Yankee Stadium, he closed by saying, “…that I may have had a tough break, but I have an awful lot to live for.”  Devin…you have, indeed, had a tough break.  But, like Lou, you have an awful lot to live for.  There are 42 players, 4 coaches, and a bunch of moms and dads that will help you get through this.  You throw your best stuff.  We’re behind you.

And, together, we’ll win the game.




Filed under Baseball, Commentary

22 responses to “An Open Letter to Devin

  1. Amanda McKinstry

    Devin, you have lots and lots of fans out here rooting for you!

  2. Pjmoore

    Devin. I don’t know you but I will be praying for you. I am Penn’s grandmother from Mississippi. Hope you will be back pitching real soon.

  3. Sandy Bell

    We are rooting for you! Win the game!! Lots of prayers are being said for you. You have so many fans!

  4. Caren Evans

    this is so special. Devin, You are special to so many. I am praying for you and cheering you on to victory.
    Mrs. Evans
    Kindergarten teacher

  5. Cyndy Stone Allen

    Dear Devin,
    I am praying for your healing and your strength! I can still see that precious 3rd grade smile! Please remember you are loved and cherished by so many! Take care always,
    Ms. Stone Allen
    Your 3rd Grade Teacher

  6. Michael Vaughn

    You are a strong person and have been since you were at Black Fox. You are strong because God made you that way and are sustained at this time because of your family and friends who pray for you and I do as well.
    Michael Vaughn
    Black Fox

  7. lynn eilers

    Dear Devin,
    We cannot even imagine what you and your family are going through at this time, but please know our thoughts and prayers are with you through this journey you are on! I hope you will be able to keep your spirits up and still be able to smile at the end of each day that passes, knowing that you have a team standing by your side! Stay strong! Go PATS!
    Erik Eilers and Family

  8. Beth Saling

    Memories of you playing baseball as a young tike and being able to hit the ball all the way to the scoreboard, you always had a special gift and we enjoyed watching you. Prayers for strength and a complete healing so you can be back on that mound soon and enjoying life.
    Jason, Beth & Taylor Saling

  9. Rachel Qualls

    God bless Devin I pray all of this will be behind you real soon
    and that your days will be sunny and blessed

  10. Tammy Sutton

    Devin, you have the power of prayer lifting you up. You are a strong young man and you have a unbelievable inner strength to fight and WIN. Our prayers are with you every minute. God be with you, Devin.

  11. Jeff Priest

    Praying for you, Devin. I don’t know you personally, but have seen you pitch for the Patriots…life has thrown you a curve ball…now knock it out of the park! God Bless!

  12. Vickie Young

    Devin, I will start out by saying, I truly understand everything that you are going through. My family went through a similar situation about 3 years ago. But I am here to tell you and your family to keep the faith. Prayer changes things, and we are lifting you up in prayer every minute of the day. Stay strong and know that you have an army out here routing for you.

  13. Carrie Newberg

    You are in my prayers each day as you fight this!! And you are in the prayers of so many others!!
    Carrie Newberg
    Black Fox

  14. Tammy Valentine

    Sometimes things happen in our lives that we cant understand. We are praying for you and your fight each day. Keep your faith and know God’s arms are holding you tight. Never stop believing!
    The Valentine Family
    Black Fox ( Alexis & Chelsea were friends in school)

  15. It’s terrible news finding out that you have cancer on your final year of HS.

    I don’t know him well myself, but I am sure he’ll make it through this obstacle.
    The ONE thing you need to remember is that you should NEVER give up.

  16. I do not know Devin that well myself, but I am sure he’ll make it through this obstacle.

    Just remember one thing, NEVER give up.

  17. Christy Robinson

    I am praying for you! Please stay strong and know that you will be healed!
    Mrs. Robinson
    Black Fox Elementary

  18. Devin and family
    from your Woodbury Head Start Family
    and Woodbury friends

  19. Zihir Terrence

    We got you Devin. Win the game for all of us on the sidelines bro.

  20. Lisa Lowe Parsley

    Our family does not know you personally but we are linked as part of the Oakland baseball family. We are cheering you on and so want you to win this game. Just throw your best stuff! And stay strong.
    You are in great hands.
    The Mark Parsley family
    (Phillip Parsley OHS class of 2008)

  21. Debbie Denson Lloyd

    Stay strong…God is your Strength.
    Debbie Lloyd
    Black Fox Elem.

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