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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Brandon Morrow

The other day I helped out with the Mariners Education Day, a day where we visit local elementary schools and pass on the message of staying in school, stay away from drugs, etc.  In my group was Brandon Morrow.  For those that don't know Brandon is a relief pitcher for the Seattle Mariners and is also diabetic.  He was diagnosed with diabetes in high school.  So he has had it for about 6 or 7 years.  He played his college ball for the University of California and was the Mariners first round draft pick in 2006.

 During our bus ride to the elementary school we chatted diabetes a little since it is something we both have in common.  Morrow uses the pump, something I do not know a ton about.  He actually got a new pump that monitors his blood sugar on a regular basis.  He was showing me how it worked and he showed me his blood sugars that were all around 100-140, obviously it is working.  Some of you are probably wondering, does he wear this pump when he actually pitches in a Major League Game.  The answer to that question is no.  He takes off his Pump during the sixth inning.  Brandon is having a successful year so far pitching in 11 games striking out 13 and maintaining a 2.08 ERA.  Glad to see another diabetic having success in professional sports.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Join the Club, Jay

Denver Broncos QB Jay Cutler was just diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.

A few quick things:
1.) Is it wrong that I get excited every time a high-profile athlete or celebrity is diagnosed?
2.) Even though it sucks for Jay, this is definitely a good thing for the cause -the more people learning about our condition, the better
3.) Let's get this dude a tshirt ASAP....