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  • Mother's Day Special: A Mother's Perspective, Diane Plouffe

    Sunday is Motherís Day! (All of you guys, after youíre done reading this, go to the store and pick up some flowers or at least a nice card for your mom)

    Two years ago before Motherís Day, Trevor Plouffe donated his hair to Locks of Love in honor of his mother, Diane, who is a breast cancer survivor. Today, Diane Plouffe was kind enough to write for us and give us some insight into what itís like to be the mother of a Major League Baseball player. Thank You, Diane!


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    A Motherís Perspective
    by Diane Plouffe

    As a mother, there is nothing more rewarding than seeing your child immersed in their life-long passion, waking up every morning to do something they absolutely love, and have worked so hard for. Although I should be used to it by now, I still get chills whenever I have the opportunity to see Trevor play.

    It is so surreal that the same little boy I took to tee-ball practice years ago is at the height of his professional career in Major League Baseball. I think back to his childhood baseball games, and I remember standing for seven innings straight with my stomach in knots, riddled with anxiety. I think the only thing that has changed in the past twenty years or so, is that now I have to stand for nine innings instead of seven!

    After almost ten years, you would think I would get used to my son leaving for months at a time, but honestly, I still cry the same way I did when he left for spring training when he was only eighteen. Our family is very close, and it is not only hard for me to say goodbye to my son, but having to watch my children say goodbye to each other is somehow even more heartbreaking. Despite the trials we face when spread out across the country for work or school, baseball has always been an important part of our family and continues to bring us together, whether it is at the stadium, or at home watching the Twins play on TV.

    Trevor never ceases to make me proud of the person he has become. Not only is he successful, but he is also a kind, charitable man who stands up for what is important to him. He has always been a big supporter of programs that benefit the troops as well as cancer research. Recently he has become a part of a few different programs that benefit cancer research such as, Stand Up 2 Cancer, and a campaign entitled, Strike Out Cancer. As a cancer survivor myself, I feel it is important that people with a large social media presence and fan base address programs such as these in order to raise awareness and gain support.

    Although Trevor and many other players are able to use their social media platforms for good, they sometimes receive negative feedback. Iím sure many of them have learned to ignore these harsh remarks. As a mother, you can never get used to seeing these things written about your child. Constructive criticism is welcome, but cruel remarks are unnecessary. However, injuries, strike outs, errors, they are all a part of the game, and I have always felt that is important for me provide positive thoughts and encouraging words at times when I know they may be scarce.

    Despite the roller coaster of ups and downs my son has faced throughout his career, I am glad that I have been able to be a part of his journey. Hereís to hoping the ups are here to stay and the downs are few and far between.

    Photo by Betsy Bissen.
    Comments 18 Comments
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      Wow! Thanks for the article.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Fantastic. Thanks, Seth and Diane!
    1. SD Buhr's Avatar
      SD Buhr -
      Wonderfully, written. Thank you and Happy Mothers Day!
    1. crarko's Avatar
      crarko -
      One big smile from start to finish.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      An essay worthy of Brian Dozier's mane, not just Trevor's.
    1. JB_Iowa's Avatar
      JB_Iowa -
      Trevor is very lucky to have a Mom like Diane. And Diane is very lucky to have a son like Trevor.

      But then again, it's probably not luck but love.
    1. Tibs's Avatar
      Tibs -
      Thank you, Diane.
    1. Jerr's Avatar
      Jerr -
      Thanks so much, Diane!!

      And not one itsy bitsy argument in this thread, as you can't argue with a Mother.

      Happy Mother's Day to Diane and all the Mothers everywhere!!!
    1. Thrylos's Avatar
      Thrylos -
      Thank you so much for writing this Diane. Happy Mother's Day and wishing you the best
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by JB_Iowa View Post
      Trevor is very lucky to have a Mom like Diane. And Diane is very lucky to have a son like Trevor.

      But then again, it's probably not luck but love.
      Very well said!
    1. spycake's Avatar
      spycake -
      Cool post! Thanks Diane and thanks Twins Daily!

      Just out of curiosity, how does TD score these special features? "Behind the Scenes at Twins Daily" would be a pretty interesting feature, IMHO.
    1. Sconnie's Avatar
      Sconnie -
      Thanks Diane and Seth. Very well written.
    1. Jdosen's Avatar
      Jdosen -
      Wow, this was really cool! I've been a Plouffe critic, but I've always liked the image he portrayed off the field and I remember meeting him at TwinsFest when he was in the low minors, always a class act.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      I've told this story on podcasts before, and probably only written it on SethSpeaks.net once, but this is a good place for it.

      Probably 4 years ago, I went to Twins Fest, and my then-three-year-old daughter was with me. She and I went through the minor league line. I had talked to Trevor many of those years that he was in the minor leagues, so he knew who I was. So, when my daughter went through and asked for an autograph, he was very nice to her, and told her that she needed to write her name for him and then he would write his name for her on a baseball.

      He handed her a sharpee, and she drew a few lines on the table cover as if it was her name. It was a little more than this, but it was really cool.

      Well, until she went to every other player and wanted to write her name for them too. Ha!

      I've had the chance to meet a lot of Twins minor leaguers through the years, several who have made it to the Twins. Most are great, probably 99% Plouffe is probably the most charismatic.

      It's great to read something like this because it helps us better understand where that comes from. Great family!
    1. AM.'s Avatar
      AM. -
      This is just me, but I'd like to see Trevor's mom see her son win a World Series ring.

      As a father of kids in little league now, I particularly like the reminisces back to Plouffe's childhood games. It's hard to imagine the long road ahead for the few who would eventually make it to the Show. And even for someone as talented as Plouffe, it has been a long and winding and certainly not inevitable road.

      Thanks for writing this piece, Trevor's mom, and happy Mother's Day! (And glad you are a breast cancer survivor!)
    1. rickyriolo's Avatar
      rickyriolo -
      Happy Mothers Day Diane and thanks for sharing
    1. Jerr's Avatar
      Jerr -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      I've told this story on podcasts before, and probably only written it on SethSpeaks.net once, but this is a good place for it.

      Probably 4 years ago, I went to Twins Fest, and my then-three-year-old daughter was with me. She and I went through the minor league line. I had talked to Trevor many of those years that he was in the minor leagues, so he knew who I was. So, when my daughter went through and asked for an autograph, he was very nice to her, and told her that she needed to write her name for him and then he would write his name for her on a baseball.

      He handed her a sharpee, and she drew a few lines on the table cover as if it was her name. It was a little more than this, but it was really cool.

      Well, until she went to every other player and wanted to write her name for them too. Ha!

      I've had the chance to meet a lot of Twins minor leaguers through the years, several who have made it to the Twins. Most are great, probably 99% Plouffe is probably the most charismatic.

      It's great to read something like this because it helps us better understand where that comes from. Great family!
      All I got is a big ahhh and a big thanks
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      I enjoy that story, and it was more than what I wrote but time and my age make me forget things.
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