Tom Walter, Wake Forest Baseball Coach, Donates Kidney to Player
Tom Walter does things a little bit differently. He actually acts like a father in the hour of greatest need. The coach of Wake Forest's baseball team donated a kidney to freshman outfielder Kevin Jordan on Monday. Jordan got sick last year and his kidney function gradually got worse and worse until they were only functioning at 8 percent of their ability. No members of his actual family were compatible matches, but his coach was a good match, which led to what Walter called a "no-brainer decision."
"I would do anything to help any one of my players or any of my family members-anything in my power to help them have a better quality of life is something that I want to do," Walter said. "Maybe it's something as little as helping mentor them in their academic pursuits, or helping them choose a major, or something of a greater magnitude like this. My No. 1 priorities in life are my family and my team and I'll do anything to help any one of those people."
You hear words like that all the time. Rarely do you see people back them up so completely. The surgery was deemed a success and you can check out the full story at Baseball America for more from Walter, Jordan's father and others about this heartwarming gesture.
Hopefully the scolds at the NCAA won't read the story because the Demon Deacons will probably wind up on probation for violating some arcane regulation. Just kidding, or so we hope.
The story has us wondering if any big-league skippers would do the same for their players. Ozzie Guillen comes to mind, so long as Bobby Jenks wasn't the player in need. The Dodgers sacrificed more often than any other team last season, but Joe Torre is a cancer survivor who probably shouldn't be giving away any organs. Dusty Baker's probably worried about clogging up the excretory system, while Cito Gaston's team made it clear he doesn't believe in sacrificing.
We'll throw the question open to the comments? What do you think?