Spring training: Long road behind him, Wilhelmsen firmly focused on bright future

2013-03-13T20:00:00Z Spring training: Long road behind him, Wilhelmsen firmly focused on bright futureBy Daniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
March 13, 2013 8:00 pm  • 

PEORIA — The comeback story Tom Wilhelmsen most likes to talk about these days is the one about how he pitched two days after his daughter Hahna was born in August.

Sure, the Seattle Mariners closer and former Tucson Badgers star gave up a home run to the first batter he faced, but that’s not really the point.

For a man who already has some fascinating chapters in his yet-to-be-written biography, this one is his favorite.

“Your whole routine changes and you’re not living for yourself, you’re living for this little girl,” Wilhelmsen said Wednesday from the Peoria Sports Complex, where the Mariners train.

“It’s the greatest thing in the world. There are just so many levels of love and understanding and selflessness. It’s been wonderful.

“I wouldn’t change it for the world.”

Read more about Wilhelmsen in Thursday's Arizona Daily Star.

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