THIS IS THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST
WITH JASON ROMANO, FEATURING TYLER ZOMBRO
Tyler Zombro is a pitcher with the Tampa Bay Rays organization. He pitched in college with George Mason University and then signed with the Rays in 2017. After going a few years through the minor-league system, Zombro reached as high as Triple-A in 2019, and in 2021 was back in Triple-A pitching with the Durham Bulls.
On June 3, 2021, Zombro was facing Brent Cumberland of the Norfolk Tides when a pitch was hit back up the middle at over 100 mph, and struck Zombro on the right side of his head just above the ear, knocking him unconscious. He was rushed to Duke University Hospital, where neurosurgeons installed 16 plates and 36 screws during 2.5 hours of emergency surgery to stabilize Zombro’s skull
Today on the podcast, we talk to Zombro about his journey in baseball, wisdom from his grandfather Wimpy, that scary day in June 2021, his desire to possibly pitch again, the prayer he prays on the mound, and how his faith in God has shown him that he’s here for a bigger purpose than baseball.
I cannot thank @JeffPassan and @tonyamsimpson enough for telling my story in the manner in which they did. I thank God for helping me be where I’m at today and firmly believe many good things are to arise from this “setback”. Tonya’s in-depth article left me speechless. https://t.co/ytdRpmL00w
— Tyler Zombro (@T_Zombro24) August 26, 2021