Skeeters player's season over after donating bone marrow to stranger

SUGAR LAND, Texas - For Sugar Land Skeeters outfielder Neil Medchill, there's a chance Sunday's game was his last ever as a professional baseball player.

In the prime of his career, the 27-year-old, originally drafted by the New York Yankees, decided to risk his career by donating his bone marrow to a man he'd never met.

"I think it's unbelievable," Skeeters general manager, Chris Jones, said. "He had the choice to say no and prolong his career, but he said, 'I wanna take the chance and save this person's life."

With the operation to remove marrow from his hip just two days away, Medchill delivered for his teammates one more time Sunday before delivering his life-saving marrow.

In what would be his last game before the surgery, the tall lefty crushed a 1-2 fastball over the right-field fence. The home-run gave the Skeeters a 2-1 lead.

"I told him it was the most selfless act he could do," Jones said of Medchill's decision. "He's giving life to someone else -- at least a chance at a second chance."

And no one would understand the rewards of bone marrow donation more than Skeeters' general manager.

Jones said his 10-year-old son Bryce suffered from a rare blood disease as an infant and needed a bone marrow transplant to save his life.

"We celebrate his rebirth every year, because that's what it was," Jones said of his son. "They rebooted his whole system and gave him a chance to survive."

Jones said although Medchill is already on the road to recovery, the two haven't spoken much about it yet.

"Baseball's superstitious," Jones said. "We don't talk about that kind of stuff. You don't wanna jinx anything. You just kind of go with it and see what cards are dealt to him after that."

Jones added that Medchill will have a spot on the Skeeters roster if and when he returns.

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