7-Year Old Signs With NKU Baseball Team, Players Don Silly Costumes for Game
The Northern Kentucky University baseball helped make a young boy's dreams come true when head coach Todd Asalon signed seven-year old Alex Murray to a National Letter of Intent at a press conference at the Bank of Kentucky Center in front of family, media, and NKU's baseball and mens' basketball teams.
Alex was diagnosed with Posterior Urethral Valves (PUV), which develops when extra flaps of tissue grow in the the urethra before birth. He spent the first three weeks of his life in the hospital having his ureters, the tubes connecting the kidney and bladder, removed. At three-years old, Alex had his bladder augmented to be larger. He needs to use a catheter to drain his urine every three hours and uses a machine at night that constantly drains his urine.
Alex will likely need a kidney transplant around his eventh birthday.
Alex was joined by his parents, Gina and Matt Murray, along with his three siblings: Cameron (21), Ava (10) and Colton (5). The event was made possible by Team IMPACT whose mission is to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses through the power of team.
At the press conference, Alex signed his Letter of Intent, answered questions from the media, and donned his new hat and jersey. Alex was given the number 1, though he says his favorite number is 25.
Alex was asked what position wanted to play on the field.
“I would like to play any one I want,” he said, which made those on hand chuckle.
He also said he has a good fastball, but that his curveball is not his best pitch.
“I do have a great knuckleball,” he said.
Coach Asalon helped him answer the media's questions on the podium.
“This is one tough little dude,” Asalon said at the press conference. “We're really excited to have him because we need a little more toughness.”
After the game, the NKU baseball team played their annual Halloween game where the players play in costumes. Alex watched the game but did not play.
Story & photos by Bryan Burke, associate editor