Buddy Lamothe, the right-hander reliever out of San Jacinto College, was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 40th round this summer. Lamothe had a stellar season this spring (0.77 ERA in 23.1 innings), but he was paralyzed in a tragic swimming accident in early May.â†µ
Lamothe was being targeted by the Astros even before the accident because of his impressive mid-90s fastball and a strong curveball. The Astros organization made a very touching gesture by drafting Lamothe, and Buddy has faith that he can pitch again someday.â†µ
Lamothe was also given the chance to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at an Astros' game last month, and he was presented with a new wheelchair-accessible van yesterday afternoon outside of Minute Maid Park.â†µ
Drayton McLane felt that he could help Lamothe and his family by giving them the new vehicle and continuing the Astros in Action Foundation. McLane said:â†µ
"It's exciting for the Astros to reach out to someone that experienced hardship just a few weeks ago. We had him throw out a first pitch a few weeks ago, and I got to meet him and his mother and his girlfriend and sister. I just saw their courage and I asked his mother what the most difficult part was, and she said mobility."â†µ
A very classy act by Uncle Drayton indeed, well done.