B.U.B.B.A. Bracelets reminded Baltimore Orioles Catcher Michael Ohlman to wear his seatbelt and he says it saved his life — look at his truck and you will agree.
B.U.B.B.A. Bracelets reminded Baltimore Orioles Catcher Michael Ohlman to wear his seatbelt and he says it saved his life. His sister does as well, check out the post she put on our B.U.B.B.A. Facebook page just after the accident and then read the Major League baseball story about it published in Baltimore that mentions Josh and Brett.
SARASOTA, Fla. — Ever since that fateful call last Christmas, Orioles catcher Michael Ohlman has religiously buckled his seat belt every time he’s in the car.You see, Ohlman lost a pair of friends in Brett Wagner and Josh Rogers, Lakewood Ranch High School seniors who were involved in an accident in which they were both thrown from a truck, and neither were buckled in.On Tuesday afternoon, Ohlman’s vow kept him safe in a scary situation. The 21-year-old was on his way to the mall after a workout at the team’s spring facility when he was cut off by another vehicle that didn’t see him, flipping his truck completely over in the process. Ohlman, wearing his seat belt, remained conscious and was able to crawl out of the truck, which landed on its roof.
“It was very scary,” said Ohlman, who wears a pair of bracelets on his right wrist to pay tribute to his friends with the inscription reading “forever our light.” The green one is for Brett, his favorite color. The orange is for Josh.
“I always wear them,” Ohlman said. “And I remember to buckle up.”
While Ohlman was shaken up following Tuesday’s accident, he was in relatively good spirits on Wednesday. He reported some right-shoulder discomfort and was scheduled to get an MRI later, but otherwise was in good health.
A local product selected by the Orioles in the 11th-round of the 2009 Draft, Ohlman was called over to big league camp (without an official invite) because of the team’s wealth of pitchers and catcher Ronnie Paulino’s failure to report. Ohlman said he is trying to make the most of the opportunity, as long as it lasts.
“The last couple weeks that I’ve been here, [I’m] just kind of trying to take everything in and learn as much as I can,” he said. “Pick Matt [Wieters’] brain as much as I can and try to learn a lot from the older guys who know more than I do.”
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