On the last day of July in 2009, Josh Reddick got the call to the Bigs. He exploded onto the scene, going five for his first 16 with three doubles, a home run and a couple RBI. Reality quickly set in and he would get just one hit in his next six games and struggle for the rest of the season. He finished with just 10 hits and a .169 batting average. But it was on the big club.

Reddick has been tearing it up this spring, currently batting .438 with a homer, five doubles and six RBI. With a starting outfield of Ellsbury, Cameron and Drew, and Bill Hall coming off the bench, there isn’t a spot for Reddick in Boston. You have to think he has another chance coming, though. And if you’ve read this gem by Gordon Edes, you’ll be rooting for it to be sooner than later.

When his father finally came home after missing his son’s first birthday, the toddler was afraid of him. At least that’s what his parents later told Josh Reddick about his reaction to seeing his father, Kenny, return from a burn center in Kentucky with his left hand missing and his right hand reduced to three fingers permanently locked in a claw.

It’s something of a miracle that Kenny Reddick was able to be a part of this story at all, after 7,500 volts of electricity hot through his body while he was working for the power company back home. He’d been up in his bucket truck, working on a pole with the power shut off. He took a break for lunch, and while he was gone a supervisor ordered the juice to be turned back on.

After lunch, that’s how Kenny Reddick came to be electrocuted.

“He was claimed dead three times,” Josh Reddick says, “and they brought him back each time.”

As Kenny Reddick was left to figure out how to put his life back together, his two little boys, Josh and older brother Bradford, looked to him to be a dad just like the other dads. A dad who could come out to the backyard and play catch.

Kenny Reddick forced himself to learn how to hold a ball with his three remaining fingers and throw it.

Game on.

“It’s crazy,” Josh Reddick says. “We’ve got videos of him back home, showing how he did it.

Fathers, sons and baseball. Amen.