Jeffress battles addiction

29 02 2008

Jeremy Jeffress is not ashamed that he went to rehab last fall.  He had a problem, and it needed to be fixed.  Jeffress is suspended 50-games for testing positive for marijuana, and he is determined not to let his addiction get in the way of playing the game he loves.

It was very interesting to read this article, as most that go to rehab try to make it a non-issue.  Jeremy readily admits that he’s been there and constantly stresses that it’s helped him get through what’s going on.  He’s now tested clean three separate times since being in rehab.  People may not think that’s much, but for someone battling addiction, that’s something to hang your hat on.

Jeremy’s talent is undeniable.  He posted a 3.13 ERA in West Virginia, and his fastball has been clocked above 100 mph many times.  Haudricourt mentions that many project Jeremy as a closer because of this, but I’ve read that most in the Brewers organization are pushing him as a starter.  I think this is the route Milwaukee wants to go, especially since Jeremy’s throwing motion is so easy and non-stressful.  Pitchers with his effortless-power are groomed as starters, and the max-effort type are usually pegged as closers.

Either way, Jeremy has to battle every day to keep him dream alive.  I think I speak for all of us when I wish Jeremy good luck.  It takes maturity to admit you have a problem, and a bigger man to address it head-on like this.

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4 responses

29 02 2008
Corey

good luck jeremy…not just because brewers fans want to see you pitch in the big leagues someday, but it is great to see young people mature before your eyes. baseball may be a motivator…but it’s good for your whole life not to smoke that stuff…

6 03 2008
WIFEY

YES, HE IS DOING MUCH BETTER AND WITH MY SUPPORT HE WILL BE FINE. WE LOVE YOU AND WISH YOU THE BEST.
lOVE,
YOUR WIFEY

19 06 2008
Blaine

Keep your head up JIGG its good to see you doing well bro i have knocked the same habit its been a long time for me now my daughter is going on 5 months it feels good to be a grown man right lol . . . i never forgot you bro im mad proud of you i will keep you in my prayers hope to hear from you soon . . .. . BK

19 06 2008
Blaine

p.s. much love 2 u

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