HOUSTON - Baseball has served many purposes throughout the years.
For the family of Houston Baptist catcher Johnathon Moore, the game has been a uniting force, a fact which could not have been truer this past weekend.
"It was definitely a bitter sweet weekend for me," said Moore.
You see, for the first time since high school, Johnathon’s dad, former Houston Astro and current Texas Ranger bench coach Jackie Moore was in the stands, watching his every move.
But seeing his son play, this time around wasn’t planned. In fact, it was completely unexpected.
"Unfortunately the whole family gathered this weekend with my sister passing away," said Moore.
Last weekend, Moore’s daughter, 52-year-old Sherry Moore Parker was found dead at her home in Montgomery County. The news prompted Jackie to take a leave of absence from the Rangers and make the trip to Houston, to be with the family.
And with Johnathon and the Huskies being in town as well, baseball was there to ease the pain once again.
"You know all my years in baseball, there is nothing like watching your son play," said the 50-year baseball professional. "It’s such a thrill and he has been playing well, so I am very happy for him."
Those were the same feelings that Johnathon had, all while keeping a certain someone in mind.
"All I said was a little prayer and I asked her to be with me and continue to be with me," said Moore. "Every day that I am still here on earth, I want her to be with me and I never want that to go away."
At least for this past weekend, Sherry, like the rest of his family, was there by his side as Johnathon finished the weekend series 7 for 13 with 3 HR’s, 7 RBI’s and 6 runs scored.
"You know it was a special moment for me and when I touched home it was all I was thinking about," said Moore. "For that to happen, it was just an awesome experience."
One that his family was there to see.
"You learn to handle defeat probably more so than success," said Moore.