Sunday, January 13, 2013

Matt Kutsche

On Friday January 11th, Southern Little League lost one of its very own special players. Matt Kutsche was with a team of people on a mission trip in Haiti when tragically their vehicle crashed. Matt did not survive. Matt was a player at Southern from the time his hat hung over his eyes in coach pitch until the most prestigious level of Big Leagues. He was also a dedicated umpire taking the time to teach the littlest players along the way. Matt was a valued team mate to every team he ever played for and leaves a huge hole in the hearts of those who knew him. He was a trusted friend, a loyal brother, and son and a man of impeccable character. My son Chris was lucky enough to call him his best friend, and we were so grateful with how much time we were able to enjoy Matt ourselves. Matt towered over most people and I’m not just speaking of his size. His great optimism in life, his faith in God, and his ability to make even a stranger feel like a friend are all virtues that came naturally to Matt. Simply put, Matt made a difference. Our families, our friends and our community are grief stricken but we will somehow move forward. Spring will come, new life will begin, and the first pitch will be thrown at baseball games all over the world. And this time, with no doubt, Matt will have the best seat in the house for each and every play.

- Terri Vulpetti