Lost Eye Doesn't Hold Back Pitcher

Let's put aside sex scandals, drug scandals, and vice presidents getting booed and focus on some good that comes out of the sports world.

Two years ago, a batted ball hit John Fortenberry in the face during an intrasquad scrimmage, crushing his right eyeball and shattering several facial bones. Doctors rebuilt Fortenberry's face with three plates and 29 screws now hold it together, but they couldn't save the eye.

He thought his baseball career was done. Then someone told him he couldn't ever play again. John hated to hear that and wanted to prove that he could.

Now he's a sophomore pitcher at East Central Community College in Mississippi. He wears a bull riding helmet to protect his face. He says since he still has his left eye, he can still watch a batter at first base when working from the stretch. He's 3-2 this season with a 5.76 era and 19 strikeouts in 29 innings.

His dream is to get a college scholarship and then pitch in the major leagues. Coming back from an injury like that you know that anything is possible with him.

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