Wrentham Baseball suffered a profoundly sad loss in 2015. We lost our friend and longtime coach Tim Gemelli.
In October 2013, after a long summer of 11year old Wrentham travel baseball, Tim's shoulder was sore and he was experiencing some minor right-hand weakness. Because Tim was a very active, physically-fit guy, we all chalked it up to overexertion. However, after many doctor appointments, tests, and second opinions, Tim was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or ALS commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. ALS is a rare, rapidly progressive, neurological disease that attacks the nerve cells responsible for controlling voluntary muscles. These are the muscles that control movement, speech, swallowing and breathing. Tim battled this awful disease as we all expected he would - with pride, strength and a sense of humor. Unfortunately, he succumbed to the disease in October 2015.
Tim was smart, friendly, easy-going and generous, always willing to help anyone in need. Thus, it was no surprise that the community rallied to support Tim and his family - his wife Anne Marie and three beautiful children: Rebecca, Ryan and Adam. We were all there with a tear in our eye when Tim threw out the first pitch to his son Adam at WYBSA's Opening Day in 2014, and were all there to celebrate Tim when he threw out the first pitch at a Red Sox game in July 2014, surrounded by his Wrentham 12 year old summer travel team. The community and Tim's co-workers at Fidelity all came together for multiple fundraisers - including an annual golf tournament that continues on in his memory, a "Walk for Tim" organized by King Philip Middle Schoolers, and a huge spectacular for WYBSA's 2015 Opening Day, which included a full orchestra!
Tim's life, and the way the Wrentham and baseball communities responded to his diagnosis, are perfect examples of what WYBSA always aspires. While Ann Marie and her family have repeatedly thanked the community for its support, we are thankful to Tim for his dedication to WYBSA, and the contribution he made to all of the WYBSA players he coached over the years. He showed all of us that it was possible to teach kids the game of baseball in a competitive environment while always having an encouraging word and a smile on your face. Tim's spirit lives on in everybody he met.