That’s a kid who has been playing for us for the last two months with one thumb. And I mean one thumb. The other one hangs down to his wrist when he wants it to. He’s just made of heart — it’s about all he has in him.” –Fresno State baseball coach Mike Batesole
Steve Detwiler, a Fresno State player with one functional thumb, drove in six runs to triumph over Georgia, 6-1, in the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska, on Wednesday. I’ve been following the series because my dad was rooting hard for his alma mater, Stanford, but also because I’ve been studying baseball for its thumb implications. And because I love to repeat the name of Omaha’s stadium: Rosenblatt, Rosenblatt, Rosenblatt!
Detwiler has a torn ligament in his left thumb that will require surgery within the next few days. A ligament will be removed from his right wrist to replace the damaged one in his injured thumb.