Even with a full weekend of minicamp at Dove Valley, Nathan Overbay found time to catch a little baseball at Coors Field.
That’s the kind of necessary sacrifice that must be made for family sometimes. This one came with a chance to hang in the visitors’ locker room at the Rockies’ ballpark and watch the action from a prime seat behind home plate.
With the Toronto visiting the Mile High City for an interleague series, the rookie tight end from Eastern Washington appreciated the chance to catch up with his uncle, Blue Jays’ first baseman Lyle Overbay.
“We’re really close,” Nathan said after minicamp closed Sunday. “He’s like my dad. He’s been there ever since I was born. He kinda raised me with my mom. I talk to him almost every day — any chance I get.”
Nathan, 23, made it out to Coors Field for the first two games of the series — which the Rockies swept. He said he got a chance to hang out with his uncle, who went 2-for-9 with a triple and an RBI in the series, before Saturday night’s game.
Lyle, 33, stopped by the Dove Valley complex Saturday morning for a tour and to meet some of the Broncos’ coaches. However, Nathan was in meetings during the time and didn’t get to play tour guide.
Nathan said having Lyle as part of his support system has been crucial as he tries to make the squad as an undrafted free agent. There are some universal principles that come with trying to break through in professional sports.
“He tells me to just stay positive,” Nathan said. “You never know what’s going to happen, so whenever your time comes just be ready and stay positive.”
Nathan will continue to rely on Lyle as he continues his fledgling NFL career. But most of the conversations will have to come via phone rather than at the ballpark. That’s why he was grateful to the baseball schedulemakers for bringing the Blue Jays to town this week.
Missing the chance to take in more Blue Jays games is another sacrifice Nathan is more than willing to make as he prepares for his first NFL training camp.
“I used to get out and see games [in the summer,]” Overbay said with a laugh, “but I’m a little busy now.”
-Eric Detweiler, DenverBroncos.com
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