Tennessee Baseball: Redmond Walsh living dream with Vols

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – In the late 1990’s you could often see a family of five sitting in the bleachers at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. Three boys, mom and dad all clad in orange and all cheering for the team just twenty minutes down the road from their home in Louisville. 

“Mine and my dad’s favorite hobby was coming to UT games watching them play,” Redmond Walsh explained. “I remember the metal bleachers used to be over here and that’s where we used to sit every game. It was a hobby throughout my whole life.”

For the Walsh boys, bleeding orange was practically a genetic trait with both of his parents graduating from the University of Tennessee. 

“He’s always loved UT,” Walsh’s mother Debbie Walsh said. “We’ve been to the games, he watched the games on TV. I guess we started him young wanting to be a UT baseball player.”

November 2015 the little boy who sat in the bleachers enamored with Vol Baseball no longer wanted to be a UT BaseVol. The Alcoa senior put pen to paper and signing with his hometown school as a preferred walk-on. Walsh would trade his A for a Power T. 

“I think everyone wears it with pride,” said Walsh, a relief pitcher. “But it’s just growing up here and knowing how the fans have always been about UT and how encouraged they are by a winning program it’s special.”

Walsh wanted to help lead the team back to the success he saw it have as a kid, but before he’d be sidelined before he could play a single game in orange. Walsh suffered an elbow injury during fall baseball requiring Tommy John surgery in October of his freshman year. 

“It was heartbreaking but Redmond has a strong faith in God and we just told him to depend on God. God’s got his plan,” Mrs. Walsh recalled. 

“I was told from my high school coach that the year was going to be one of the hardest years of my life and one of the best years of my life,” Walsh explained. “I didn’t know what he meant at the time but looking back that makes one-hundred percent sense. You know what it’s like without having baseball in your life. It’s been an incredible thing to come back do as well as I have and be one-hundred percent healthy.”

Two years after surgery and at one-hundred percent Walsh has solidified himself the Vols best relief pitcher. Through 35 innings pitched Walsh has a .77 ERA. 

“It’s incredible to live a dream of playing here,” Walsh said. “Playing in the SEC it’s incredible. And to be a part of this amazing staff we have this year it’s humbling and awesome.”

“It’s been wonderful to watch him fight for his dream and he pushes forward even if there’s something that gives him a setback in his plans,” said Mrs. Walsh. “It’s just exciting to know that he’s moving forward and he’s reaching those dreams that he’s always desired.

 

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