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ROD CAREW IS AN INSPIRATION ON AND OFF THE BALLFIELD

The opening of another baseball season is always a magnificent time of hope and renewal. Anything is possible regardless where your favorite team finished the previous season in early October. After all, until that first game is in the record books, all teams are World Series hopefuls and tied for first at 0-0. And as April, oh so grudgingly this year, hopefully gives way to some seasonally warmer temperatures in May, and then as each…

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Rod Carew’s road to recovery going strong

ANAHEIM, Calif. – What life looks like at 71, at any age but Rod Carew is 71 now, is a matter of glorious, retched perspective. He’d tried several times Thursday evening to hoist himself to the top of the dugout bench here, until finally he smiled and settled for the reachable bench below, foiled by the strain of years and miles and plain old gravity. A man learns to pick his battles, lest they pick…

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The father of Rod Carew’s heart throws the out the first pitch at Los Angeles Angels stadium.

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Rod Carew and Ralf Reuland stood together in front of the mound, sharing a cause and a vision — and very much a heart. Four months after Carew received the heart and kidney of former NFL tight end Konrad Reuland, the 71-year-old watched as Reuland’s father, Ralf, threw out the first pitch at Angel Stadium on Tuesday night. “It’s very emotional, and a nice way to honor him,” Reuland said. Carew had…

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Baseball great Rod Carew on heart-kidney donor Konrad Reuland: ‘I’ve got a great partner’

Rod Carew holds a photo of his heart and kidney donor Konrad Reuland at a news conference Tuesday, alongside (from left) Austin Reuland, Mary Reuland and Rhonda Carew. ENCINO, California – As a ballplayer, Rod Carew understood the importance of being a good teammate. Now that he’s carrying someone else’s heart and kidney, he’s a teammate of a wildly different sort. Still, many of the same rules apply, such as doing what’s best for the…

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Baseball great Rod Carew’s new heart, kidney came from NFL player Konrad Reuland

Baseball great Rod Carew’s new heart, kidney came from NFL player Konrad Reuland By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, California – Baseball Hall of Famer and recent transplant recipient Rod Carew now knows whose heart and kidney are keeping him alive: Konrad Reuland, an NFL tight end who died following a ruptured brain aneurysm. Photo courtesy New York Jets This is believed to be the first such transplant involving pro athletes, yet that’s…

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