Nephtali Flores is just a normal guy with a passion for the greatest game on earth, just like the rest of us. Except not. Flores was born with just one arm. To call this kid unique would be an understatement. He plays 1B, OF, C, and RP for a team in Santa Anna, California.
Not only does he dawn a uniform, but the kid starts on the varsity baseball team, despite his condition. But I don’t think he views his condition like the rest of us may.
“I was born this way, so I don’t know anything different…I can get by using just my left hand for everything. If not, I’ll figure it out and try to make up for it in other ways.” – Flores told Orange County Register
Like many with this condition, Nephtali Flores mentions former big leaguer Jim Abbott as a huge inspiration. Abbott threw a no hitter during his time in the bigs with the Yankees.
The kid knows nothing other than what he’s been given, and is making the most of it. next time you think you’re having a tough time at practice or in the cages, just remember there are grinders like Nephtali Flores who are making a hell of a lot more with a whole lot less than you are.