Created on Wednesday, 17 July 2013 Written by AARON LaBATT
America’s favorite pastime helped the Furrow family remember the good times.
Sebastian Furrow, second from the right, threw out the first pitch to honor his brother Colton at the Reds/Mariners game on July 7 in Cincinnati. Standing from left to right inside Great American Ball Park are: Colton’s cousin Jakob Nelson, mother Ali Furrow, brother Sebastian and father James Furrow. (PHOTO | FURROW FAMILY)
On March 29, eight-year-old Colton Furrow was struck by a vehicle in downtown West Liberty while crossing a street and later died.
To honor Colton, the West Liberty Ball Association made shirts with his initials and his baseball number, 13. The Reds’ trademark ‘C’ was used on the shirts. After a call to the Reds’ organization to get permission to use the ‘C,’ another opportunity presented itself.
Sebastian, Colton’s older brother, threw out the first pitch at a Reds’ game and presented the lineup card during the July 7 matchup against the Mariners in Cincinnati.
“It was another way to never forget (Colton),” said Ali Furrow, Colton’s mother. “There were around 300 people that were family or friends from West Liberty there to support us.
“It meant everything to us and it was a very special day. To see everyone there to support Sebastian and our family meant a lot.”
Jim Wilcoxon and Travis Temple, two of Colton’s youth baseball coaches, headed the efforts to make the shirts and the trip to Cincinnati.
Despite the horrific events of last March, the experience in Cincinnati allowed the Furrows to find a smile and something good to remember their son by inside Great American Ball Park.
“It’s been so hard for all of us,” said Ali Furrow. “To remember something good after hurting so bad was amazing. Colton loved the Reds and baseball. He used to say he was going to play for the Reds when he grew up. It was great to be able to remember the good times out of this horrible tragedy.”