Three hours. On a warm day last summer, that’s all it took for Chris McBride to go from being a Little League baseball coach to a stroke survivor.
“Obviously I feel very blessed,” says the 41-year-old high school teacher from Sugarloaf. “I am so grateful to so many people.”
It happened on July 20, 2023, the 10th wedding anniversary for McBride and his wife, Sherry. Practice was being held at Valley West Little League for the 7- and 8-year-old All-Stars, which included McBride’s son Patrick. The kids were warming up while McBride prepared Gatorade bottles for them.
“I actually couldn’t remember how to screw on the tops to the bottles,” McBride says. “Then I was walking over to the dugout dropping bottles, and I guess I was stumbling. One of the parents asked if I was all right.”