MADISON, Ala. – Babe Ruth once said, “Baseball was, is and always will be to me the best game in the world.” 11 year old Brett Potter of Madison would agree with Babe. Finding anyone who loves the game more than Brett, well, you’d probably strike out. It’s his favorite sport. “Yes it is,” the youngster said with a smile. He loves the game because, as he puts it, “It’s fun to play.”
And playing the game is almost as much fun as playing catch with his dad, Eric. The two love going to major league baseball games. “It’s just the enjoyable thing to have between me and my son,” Eric said. They’ve been to 24 of the 30 MLB stadiums so far.
Brett was born with achondroplasia, the most common form of dwarfism. Being a little person has its challenges but Brett doesn’t let it keep him from doing what he loves. “No, not one bit,” he said. There’s no obstacle too big to get over. “No,” he said. “No challenge is too big for me because I can do anything.” He worked hard and earned a spot on Matt Kimbrel’s travel baseball team. Last weekend, he got an RBI his first time at bat.
But perhaps his biggest play so far involves a single baseball. It sits in a protective case on a shelf in the family living room. It’s on a tour of major league baseball stadiums. “The first one we threw the ball at was in Anaheim,” Eric said. “The line was extremely long and Brett said hey, can we play catch? And I had a ball and my gloves in a bag and I said okay, we don’t have anything else to do, let’s just start playing catch.”