Almost a year later, family celebrates Westmoreland recovery

March, 10, 2011
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Ryan WestmorelandJoe McDonald/ESPN Boston and Westmoreland Family

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Don't miss Joe McDonald's terrific piece on Ryan Westmoreland's remarkable recovery from life-threatening brain surgery.

"While I was in the ICU in Arizona, I never really let go of anything," Westmoreland told Mac. "I just said, 'I'm still going to be able to play, regardless of the people who said that wasn't in the cards.' It's great to put it into perspective and realize how far I have come. Being me, and the drive I've always had, I've always had the extra motivation and wanted to be better.

"I have come a long way, but I know there's still a long way to go. I'm ready for it and I push myself every day. I haven't taken a day off. If [returning to baseball] is meant to be, it's going to happen. If not, it's not because I didn't work hard."

Gordon Edes

Red Sox reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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