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After baseball game almost turns deadly, Tokay High student prepares to return to sports — with help from 'second family'

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Posted: Saturday, January 2, 2010 12:00 am | Updated: 6:19 am, Thu May 5, 2011.

It started out as a sprawling dive on an attempted catch of a foul ball during a Lodi American Legion baseball game last spring.

It ended with B.J. Bailon on a hospital bed near death, bleeding out from a torn artery and a ruptured spleen.

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  • posted at 2:40 am on Mon, Jan 4, 2010.


    What a wonderful family the Armstrongs are. BJ has my prayers for a full recovery, so good to see he is doing better and playing sports again.

  • posted at 5:35 am on Sat, Jan 2, 2010.


    A very encouraging news article. Enjoyed reading it. And I pray too, that BJ will be totally healed and able to play sports and enjoy life to the fullest. God has a reason he is still here on this earth.

  • posted at 4:43 am on Sat, Jan 2, 2010.


    I can think of no better way to start off the New Year than with this beautifully penned account of true inspiration. After reading this, my faith is renewed in the human spirit - Teresa Armstrong is a new hero of mine, and BJ has my prayers and best wishes for a full recovery. Kudos, Richard - thank you for talents and for sharing this story with us. Peace...

  • posted at 3:03 am on Sat, Jan 2, 2010.


    There is nothing more special then the gift of Life to start off the new year.



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