For CASC Pitcher Jack Christian, This Baseball Season is Special Because of His Biggest Fan
For an athlete, there is nothing like having your own fan club, especially when that club’s number one fan is your dad.
Carl Albert State College baseball player Jack Christian has been playing baseball all his life. His dad, Randy Christian, has played many roles in Jack’s pursuit of baseball including parent, coach and fan.
Now as a college freshman pitching for the CASC Vikings, Jack says having his dad at his games is a bigger deal than ever. Before it wasn’t a stretch at all that Randy never missed one single game that Jack played. “Dad would take off work and be at all my games. He loves to talk baseball, and he loves to watch me play.” However, over the past year, attending a game to see Jack pitch has taken on a new hurdle because Randy Christian has ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).
Viking head coach Mark Pollard explained that Jack told him early in the fall he was concerned about if his dad would get to see him play due to his health. Pollard shared that Randy is very ill and it takes lots of energy for him to make it to a game. “We try to make sure we give Jack notice in advance of when he will pitch so his dad has a chance to try to attend. When Randy is there I can hear him coaching and encouraging Jack.”
Jack explained that several family members are helping his mom, Linda Christian, care for his dad as the disease continues to weaken him. “We are from Checotah and a cousin of ours, Anthony Christian, has been helping around dad’s place and now helps serve as a caretaker for dad. Anthony helps bring dad to the games when he feels he can make it.” Jack continued, “My sister Emily has moved back to help with dad both at home and at dad’s business.”
Coach Pollard explained that because Poteau is close to home for Jack, he can go back and forth to have time with his dad between game days. Pollard expressed how this father-son story is special, and that it lends light to the fact that many of the student athletes deal with much more than classes and ballgames. “Many of our young men and women at Carl Albert have some heavy situations to deal with in addition to the normal life of a college student. We are proud of how they handle life, and we hope we are able to help them in whatever way possible.”
Pictured is Jack with his family including his cousin Anthony, his sister Emily, his mom Linda, and his dad Randy.