Sports are fantastic, and they have the ability to conjure up special moments.
Jacob Mitchell recorded the final out with a strikeout in a 5-4 triumph for the Harker Heights baseball team over Cedar Hill in the Class 6A playoffs on May 6 in Waco, and a special moment occurred.
The Knights mobbed one another in jubilation on the field, and while that was special and neat to see, it wasn’t the coolest occurrence. If you are on Twitter, you probably saw a video of a fan behind home plate showing his own excitement.
That fan was Kye Robertson, an assistant on the Harker Heights coaching staff. Robertson is currently battling leukemia, but the disease couldn’t stop him from showing up and supporting the Knights that evening.
It also didn’t keep him from attending Game 3 against Allen in Corsicana on May 13, and it was inspiring.
The contest started at 2 p.m., and Robertson has a difficult time spending too much time in the sun right now. He also has to wear a mask in public because his immune system is still rebuilding from treatment.
But he was still there.
Early in the game, the sun started getting to Robertson, so he joined me in the press box. It was one of the best experiences of my career covering sports.
Robertson and I spent the rest of the game talking strategies for certain situations, high-fiving and hooting and hollering big moments for Harker Heights, and just flat-out enjoying a fantastic baseball game between two excellent teams.
Sports have helped put on a display of community support for someone in need on a number of occasions, and this one was no different.
When the Knights baseball team played a road contest against another Killeen squad this spring, that host team held special meal deals at the concession stand, and the money collected that evening went to Robertson to help with costs of treatment.
That is amazing, and it’s a prime example of people using sports to come together in support of someone despite wearing different colors and uniforms. Everyone was and is on the same team — Team Kye.
May 6 and May 13 were awesome days, but there will be another awesome occasion soon enough.
Robertson will eventually return to the sidelines on Friday nights and to the diamond each Tuesday and Friday, and it will be extraordinary.