Your Past Does Not Define You
Houston Astros catcher Evan Gattis won his first World Series. However, his journey there involved going through pain, sorrow, and misery. He had life-threatening battles with depression, suicidal thoughts, and substance abuse. But after all, he was able to overcome his struggles and become a World Series Champion a 31-years-old.
Gattis had a very promising career ahead of him. He was seen as one of the best high school catchers at the time of his graduation. His great skill and talent earned him a position with the Texas A&M and things were great. Unfortunately, anxiety started him on a path of substance abuse. Eventually, Gattis had to make the decision to check himself into rehab and at that moment his baseball career was in limbo.
Your All Time Low Does Not Define You
During this time for Gattis, things were shaky and uncertain. His dad Jo Gattis, spoke with ABC13 and he recalled this time:
He stated, that Evan “looked me in the eye and he said, ‘I don’t want to talk baseball anymore, I’m done’. ”
Jo Gattis knew something was wrong with his son and unfortunately, this was just the beginning. Evan began trying to hold down jobs as a parking valet and a ski lift operator. Not long after this job stints, Gattis found himself in New York City, hungry and without any money.
Being away from baseball for so long, many would just assume that Gattis was done. He was homeless and defeated. However, Gattis was not done yet, even after openly admitting to USA TODAY of having suicidal thoughts in 2007.
“I was in a mental hospital,” “I couldn’t sleep for an entire week, and I knew something was wrong with me. So I got admitted. I was so depressed, all I could think about was killing myself. I wanted to kill myself for a long time.”
After receiving the necessary care, he had a change of heart. Gattis got in touch with his step-brother and a pitcher from the University of Texas-Permian Basin and he told them,
“I’m ready to play again.”
Many people who leave professional sports and try to come back years later, usually fail. But not Gattis, he still had a skill set and a motivation which perhaps he lacked in the past.
After playing in the minor leagues for a short time, he was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in 2010. Gattis was then traded to the Houston Astros in 2015.
Evan Gattis has gone through a tremendous amount of pain and suffering. However, his perseverance and ability to ask for help got him back home to his family, friends, and baseball.