The high school baseball player hung a homemade motivational sign on the wall of his bedroom. It read Brandon Puffer will be a Major League Baseball player.
Indeed, Puffer made it to what ballplayers call “The Show.”
Only to fall from the Bullpen to the State Penitentiary in Texas.
Brandon Puffer was a pitcher on the Boston Red Sox baseball team when they broke a century-old curse and won the World Series in 2004.
But four years later, a Texas jury sentenced Puffer to five years in prison.
He survived the tough Texas prison system and is now out.
Puffer has written a book titled, From The Bullpen To The State Pen, in which he opens up about his experience.
In this episode of True Crime Reporter®, Puffer shares the story of his setbacks and come back.
Puffer coaches youth and high school baseball players on how to play college and pro ball at GPSLegends, located in Central Texas near Round Rock and Georgetown.
In closing, here’s my reporter’s recap and reflections.
No matter what walk of life they came from, most of the convicted felons that I have interviewed did not comprehend that their actions had consequences.
To quote Puffer, “the longer we try to ignore or run from those consequences, the more they will grow like a cancer that starts small, but eventually takes over the whole body if ignored.
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Insightful Quotes From Brandon Puffer in From The Bullpen To The State Pen:
One of the devil’s schemes is to make you think the only one who thinks a certain way or acts the way you do–it’s a feeling of isolation, and when humans feel isolated, the mind has a tendency to go to some dark places.
Our actions in this life have consequences, and the longer we try to ignore or run from those consequences, the more they will grow–like a cancer that starts small, but eventually takes over the whole body if ignored.
The music we listen to, the things we watch, the games we play, and the words we speak…they all take a toll over time, and only you have the power to control what enters your mind and soul.
You have the power to make choices before the choices that will define you.
My dream was derailed by one decision that was actually many smaller decisions that led up to that moment.