On June 11, 2009, Jonathan and Elizabeth Broxton became the proud parents of their first child, Jonathan. In a year that has been so memorable in a baseball sense, this was at the top of the Dodger closer’s highlights for the year.
Watching the elder Jonathan holding his son during a pregame, it was heartwarming to see someone who can throw a baseball 100 MPH hold his son so gently and sit quietly in the dugout, both soaking in the atmosphere. At that moment they were just father and son.
“It’s definitely a life-changing experience, staying up all night and feeding him,” said Broxton. “It’s an unbelievable feeling to be a parent, starting your own family and raising your children and trying to show them the ropes to lead them in the right direction through life. I’m not just playing for myself. I’m playing for him and my family, too. It’s pretty awesome.”