Hill, SC (WBTV) – Well into the throws of baseball season, the Winthrop Eagles are
hard at work. They have great players all over the diamond, but there's one who
faces a challenge bigger than baseball.
Michael Patrick was born 85% deaf and over time, it's gotten
worse. Right now, he's about 97% deaf and his Dad said by 25, his hearing will
be completely gone.
He's been playing baseball since he can remember and nothing will
hold him back. He discovered he had a hearing impairment at a young age and has
adapted by reading lips and avoiding the use of a hearing aid.
Patrick is a freshman at Winthrop University and already the
starting centerfielder. He said his Dad is his best friend and has always preached
to work hard, going on to say his goal is to work harder than anybody else out
Tom Riginos, Head Coach of the Eagles baseball team, said Patrick
plays and practices at 100% all the time. That was one of the main reasons he
was recruited, amongst being a key player at Northwestern High School. Coach
Riginos said Patrick has leadership qualities and will be a big part of the team
over the rest of his collegiate career.
Patrick hopes to play for the Atlanta Braves someday; in the
meantime, you can find him centerfield at Winthrop Ballpark.