The batting cages at the home of Scott and September Reed in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., were taken down some time after June 8, 2010. They didn't violate area building codes or present some sort of health hazard with their private baseball facility. It's just that the people who used them the most and gained the most from their existence, Addison and Austin Reed, officially moved forward to professional baseball on that summer day. Moved on to professional baseball, that is, as pitchers taken on the same day in that 2010 First-Year Player Draft. Both of these California kids had new Chicago baseball homes, with the White Sox selecting Addison in the third round out of San Diego St. and the Cubs picking Austin in the 12th round out of Rancho Cucamonga High School. It was a surreal deal, as the Reeds' proud father now remembers it. And as Father's Day approaches, the Reed hurlers understand they wouldn't be in this special position without their father's guidance and devotion. "I honestly can't really remember a day, from the time I was three or four to the time I was going into high school, a day where we didn't go outside and do something baseball related," Addison said. "Him throwing to us, hitting us ground balls. Whatever it might have been. Every day we did something, and he didn't force it upon us or anything. It was something we loved doing." "We never wanted to say, 'Try something different,'" said Scott, who stressed credit for success goes to the whole family dynamic, including his wife and daughter, Autumn. "But if they were going to make that commitment, give it their all. 'Do what you love, but give it everything you have.'" Addison currently resides as the White Sox closer, having saved 19 of 21 opportunities after setting a franchise rookie record with 29 saves during the 2012 campaign. The 24-year-old has been a workhorse of late, pitching in four straight games through Tuesday night, and coming off the first three-inning outing of his career June 5 in Seattle.
Reed family's success driven by father's love
MLB.com | Jun 13