When Greg Laile, 55, was younger, he loved to throw a baseball. He still does.
Like most of us Laile dreamed of playing/pitching in the Major Leagues. Also like most of us, he realized at an early age that he didn't have the ability. His father confirmed it but gave him some sound advice.
Laile took the advice.
At 5'8' and not a hard thrower the competitive Laile still pitched in adult leagues until he was 46. Then he volunteered to pitch batting practice at Western Hills High School. It led him to one of his biggest thrills.
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Laile was chosen to throw batting practice to the World Team managed by Cincinnati icon
Tony Perez in the Futures Game that precedes the All-Star game as part of the week long event.
On Sunday, for one day of my life, I was at the top of
my craft," Laile said. "It will be extremely difficult to say the least to top THAT day. It now seems surreal. (I) Met some amazing baseball people. The pro coaches treated me as a peer.(I) Ate like a king in a major league clubhouse. I hope everyone gets to experience at least one day in their lives like that."
Laile also lends his time to pitching in the Reds' Urban Youth Academy where he works alongside former Reds' minor leaguer Cam Satterwhite, a Moeller High and University of Cincinnati baseball alumn.
Satterwhite recommended Laile for the chance to throw batting practice for the Futures Game.
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