A quest for “perfect mechanics” led Flanagan High School junior right handed pitcher David Thompson to Tom House and the University of Southern California’s Rod Dedeaux Research and Baseball Institute last week. As a part of the Make-a-Wish program, Thompson, who suffers from common variable immunodeficiency, was granted the opportunity to work with House and use the state-of-the-art facilities available at USC.
Not that Thompson necessarily needs the assistance – his Flanagan High School team won the Florida 6-A championship this past spring and were named the best high school team in the country by Baseball America. Thompson was part of the pitching rotation for the Falcons until a bone bruise and his immunodeficiency sidelined him. His immunodeficiency compromises his ability to fight basic disease, like the common cold.