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‘LATE LIFE’ PREMIERES IN LOS ANGELES
a spring training invite from the Kansas City Royals, so all our work was geared toward that.
Audience Q&A at ‘Late Life’
Chien-Ming worked extremely hard, dedicating himself to the process, specifically focusing on his movement pattern and mobility. It all payed off when, at the ripe old age of 36, he secured the final bullpen spot for the Royals out of spring training. He not only made it back to the Major Leagues but also finished with a 6-0 record that season and topped out at 96 mph, a personal best. For the four years leading up to the comeback, director Frank Chen followed Chien-Ming’s every move, documenting it all on video, resulting in this moving film that depicts struggle, sacrifice, commitment, and perseverance. It was very special to see the Baseball Ranch® so prominent in the movie. It’s a bit surreal seeing yourself on the “big screen” and your name in the credits. It’s been an honor to be a part of this special man’s journey and share in his legacy. It’s another terrific baseball memory.
I am constantly taken aback by the amazing opportunities this great game of baseball has afforded me, my family, and my staff. This past month, another one of those opportunities presented itself: an invitation to travel to Los Angeles and participate in the movie premiere of “Late Life: The Chien- Ming Wang Story.”
Movie credits showing Texas Baseball Ranch ®
Movie scene with Coach Wolforth
Coach Wolforth, Jill Wolforth & Chien-Ming at the premiere
If you aren’t familiar with Chien-Ming Wang’s story, here’s the abridged version. In 2006 and 2007, he won 19 games each season for the New York Yankees, finishing second in the Cy Young voting in ‘06. Due to a couple different injuries, he found himself out of affiliate ball and trying to work his way back via independent ball, but he simply never got back to top form. In late 2015, two years removed from his last game in the Major Leagues but still hoping to make a comeback, Chien-Ming’s agent contacted me about the possibility of working together. Since Chien-Ming lived in Florida, I flew to the Armory (now the Florida Baseball Ranch ® ), and together with that staff, we completed a series of assessments and mapped out a plan. Chien-Ming had received
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