The nat­u­ral

En­gle­wood Cliffs base­ball player Rob Kamin­sky showed tal­ent at 3

201 Family - - PARENTING - WRIT­TEN BY BRIAN A. GIUFFRA

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TIt’s no sur­prise that Rob Kamin­sky is a high school base­ball star – he could pitch be­fore he could talk. he run­ning joke in­side the Kamin­skys’ En­gle­wood Cliffs home is that Rob, one of the best high school base­ball play­ers in the na­tion, could throw a ball be­fore he could talk. Only the run­ning joke isn’t a joke at all. It’s a true story. When Rob Kamin­sky was 3 years old, he was al­ready whip­ping base­balls into his fa­ther’s mitt and hit­ting them off a tee, but he hadn’t said his first word. It was a con­cern­ing sit­u­a­tion for his par­ents, Donna and Alan. They had a per­fectly healthy son who could hit and throw a base­ball but had yet to say a word at an age when most kids – like his older brother and sis­ter – were al­ready jab­ber­ing away.

But therein lies the rea­son Rob re­mained silent. His older brother, Joe, and sis­ter, Anna, were his voice.

“We took him to a pe­di­a­tri­cian,” Donna Kamin­sky says, “and the doc­tor said the older kids were prob­a­bly speak­ing for him. If he needed some­thing, they were al­ways around to get it for him. He had no need to speak.”

Now he does. With Ma­jor League Base­ball scouts lin­ing up to meet the 18-year-old south­paw and dis­cuss a po­ten­tial life in the pros, Rob has to talk a lot, and he’s quite ar­tic­u­late too.

Un­for­tu­nately for him, the sub­ject is usu­ally the one he likes least: Rob Kamin­sky.

“I hate talk­ing about my­self,” he says mat­ter-of-factly. “I’m just a hum­ble per­son who loves the game of base­ball. I’m not per­fect.”

Well, not com­pletely. But last spring he was close.

BORN TO PLAY

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