Babe Ruth player uses baseball to cope after father’s tragic death
UTICA — “Always have confidence and when you’re down, just keep pushing through.”
For 15-year-old Northridge High School sophomore Andy Andrews, those words, spoken by his father, have been words to live by.
Since the untimely passing of his father, Keith Andrews, a little over a month ago, Andy has been pushing through — with an assist from baseball.
Andrews, who lives near Utica, plays for the Fraternal Order of Eagles baseball team in the Babe Ruth League in Mount Vernon. He can be seen patrolling center field and is often called upon to pitch for the Eagles in a closing role.
His father was a Vietnam veteran, who worked on airplanes for the Air Force as a mechanic. He was also stationed in places like Guam and Thailand. For a time, he was even a private investigator. More recently, he was also a plant manager and a corporate troubleshooter.