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These days, it’s good to have the last name Evan | Sport
by by Jason Halcomb
Jun 19, 2007 | 297 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Life is pretty hectic right now if your last name happens to be Evans.

From top to bottom in the Evans family, things are moving and shaking.

“Yes, it’s been crazy,” said Leigh Anne Evans from her cell phone as she hopped into her car.

Leigh Anne and her husband Michael have watched their two children make some pretty big moves toward adulthood over the last few months.

First there is Donna.

An all-world basketball and soccer star at Trinity, who recently graduated from college and assumed an assistant coach’s slot with the girls basketball team in Cumming.

Which meant having to find Donna a house, and then move everything into the house.

Then there’s the ongoing planning leading up to son Terry’s December wedding to fellow Dubliner Tanner Cochran. Scheduling conflicts with Tanner’s brother (former Dublin football star and Air Force signee Ben Cochran) shifted the wedding and planning a week later into the already hectic holiday season.

And oh yeah, there is that thing about Terry being called up to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Sunday...

“It was so surprising,” Leigh Anne said.

I can imagine why.

With the Angels (45-26) off to an unreal start in one of the tougher divisions in baseball, and a roster loaded to the hilt with talent and power, it’s easy to see somebody like Terry fall through the minor league cracks. Over the last two years, he’s made a pretty convincing case.

Terry has been tearing up the minors worse than Ralphie’s tore up bully Scot Farkus.

Last season, Terry hit an astounding 33 homers in only 133 games between Palm Beach, Arkansas and Springfield. And he was second in homers in Single-A and a shoe-in for the All-Star team until he was moved up to AA. He beat up on the Angels farm club so bad, they decided to take the “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” approach and traded for the slugger.

Since leaving Middle Georgia College and starting his minor league career in 2002, Evans is averaging more than 70 RBI and 67 runs per season, and he’s raised his average to .327 and slugging percentage to .556.

So when the Angels made the call, Terry and father Michael were left searching for sleep wherever they could get it.

“We were still busy moving Donna into her new town home. As soon as we found out he had been called up, Michael caught a plane to head out there (to Anaheim).”

Michael left for California at 2:30 a.m., and Terry didn’t fare much better.

“I know Michael hasn’t had any sleep and Terry’s only gotten like two hours,” Leigh Anne said.

It’s the culmination of a lot of hard work, a lot of time and a lot of close calls for Terry. Terry has played for five minor league squads in four years, playing baseball in towns where most folks go to get away from hard work.

But he still plugged along, fighting off a bout with strikeouts to mature into a solid power-hitter. That also meant a heap of training in the offseason.

When Terry was back in town, he committed to a weight lifting regimen that had friends in awe.

After signing to play for Young Harris, fellow Trinity grad Jordan Price joined Terry in the weight room to learn some tricks of the trade.

“Okay, so how many do I have to do?” Price asked as he stared at a straight bar lying flat on the bench seat.

“I did 25,” Terry said with a grin, “so I guess 25.”

Halfway into his first forearm curl Price gave out.

“I did one,” he laughed.

“Okay, but you still owe me lunch,” Terry replied.

“Come on.”

“Nope, you said you were going to stick with me.”

“Alright, well make it somewhere cheap.”

Terry won’t have to worry about winning many bets to pay for lunch over the next couple of weeks. The move to the Majors means more than a slight raise in wages. And more important, a shot at realizing a dream.

“We’ve had so many people calling and asking about Terry. It’s great...Now I’m finally getting a chance to get back to work and get a few things done,” Leigh Anne said as she motored down the road.

Well Leigh Anne, it looks like you and Michael took care of the most important work: Preparing your children for endless possibilities

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