TUCSON, Ariz. – On a perch overlooking the pristine baseball diamonds of Cherry Field is the prospective site of a memorial dedicated to one of the finest athletes Tucson has ever known.
Chris Moon was a pitcher who threw more than 90 mph and a center fielder who could throw out a base runner with precision. He was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the late rounds of the 2007 MLB First-Year Player Draft, but instead accepted a partial scholarship to his dream school, the University of Arizona.
Moon seemingly had everything going for him, but while friends and family had grand visions of watching him play professional baseball, he longed for a different challenge.
In fall 2007, just a semester into his first year at Arizona, Moon told Wildcats coach Andy Lopez he was quitting the team to join the Army. Lopez spent more than an hour trying to talk Moon out of his decision.
But Moon's mind was made up.
"He was legit," Lopez said. "I personally think that if he would have played here threeRead More »from The heartbreaking story of Chris Moon: Baseball prospect turned war hero