From the beginning of fall ball through the present-day playoffs, the Lions’ most influential teammate was one who didn’t take an at-bat all season.
Seth Wood was playing in an Auburn Little League game when his team trailed by nine runs in the final inning. Remembering a quote he’d seen on social media earlier, John Wood, Seth’s father and assistant coach, told the players they had three choices: “give in, give up, or give it all you got.”
About a half-hour later, Seth’s team completed a 10-run rally to walk off with a one-run win. About four years after that, Seth was diagnosed with glioblastoma — the most aggressive form of brain cancer there is.
The news, which came down in September 2016, shook the local community. A 15-year-old sophomore, Seth was a rising star at Auburn Mountainview High and considered a model teammate.
How to help
To donate to help with Seth Wood’s medical expenses, go to the gofundme page at https://www.gofundme.com/2pb6j538
In response, the Mountainview baseball team dedicated its season to the ill-stricken shortstop. The Lions’ motto? “Give it all you got.”
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It’s one thing to come up with a slogan in the face of tragedy as a show of goodwill. It’s another to embrace it for eight months and inspire anyone within earshot.
But from the beginning of fall ball through the present-day playoffs, the Lions’ most influential teammate was one who didn’t take an at-bat all season.
“This was a situation where it felt like we really needed to do something,” Mountainview coach Glen Walker said. “The Wood family needed to know we were 100 percent there for them.”
It started with a simple gesture: yard work.
Shortly after Seth’s diagnosis, the Mountainview baseball team showed up at the Woods’ home to help them out with everything from raking leaves to pulling weeds. Seth wasn’t feeling great that day, but he still popped out to see his friends, and as usual, cracked some jokes to lighten the mood.
By October, the Lions’ fall ball jerseys sported the words’ “give it all you got” across their chests. Later that month, team mom Kathleen Zendejas spearheaded a fundraiser for the Woods at MOD Pizza in Kent. It ended up being the most profitable fundraiser in the store’s history, as the line snaked out the door for six hours.
For months, mere mention of Seth’s name seemed to prompt charity around town.
Zendejas recalls one baseball game in which a man bought a $1 coffee with a $20 bill and asked for just $15 in change. When Zendejas asked whether he wanted those four bucks to go toward the program or Seth Wood’s family, the man said “Seth Wood?!” and had her keep all $19.
It added up. By press time, Seth’s gofundme.com page had garnered more than $37,000 in donations for his medical bills, which continue to pile…