There's no doubt Anthony Vasquez is feeling especially thankful today as he recovers from the emergency brain surgery that most likely saved his life.
The 26-year-old lefty in the Seattle Mariners organization was experiencing headaches, vision problems and dizziness last week. A subsequent doctor's visit revealed a ruptured blood vessel in his brain and Vasquez was rushed into a 5 1/2-hour surgery on Friday that straightened out a tangle of vessels.
"He's a miracle," said his father, Rudy, who is a scout in the Angels' organization. "We have a strong faith in Jesus and Anthony's faith has always been strong as well. There's no other way to say it. When the neurosurgeon came out he said, 'Your son should be dead, but he's not.'"
By Monday afternoon, Rudy was driving Anthony from Phoenix to their home in San Antonio, Texas, still amazed by the positive outcome of what had been such a swift and potentially tragic situation.
It's scary stuff, but it's also almost exhilarating to know that Vasquez caught the condition in time. Hopefully this story can serve as a reminder to others that symptoms like the ones he was experiencing aren't to be taken lightly.
Vasquez didn't pitch for the Mariners in 2012 after posting a disappointing 2011 season. He's expected to be ready for spring training, though, and here's hoping he's able to put everything together when he reports back to Seattle's camp in Peoria.