When Mitchell Weiner, the assistant principal at IS 238 in Hollis, passed away from Swine Flu on May 17, most of us were caught in the details of the flu to think about the family that had just had their world rocked. Well, maybe, thanks to baseball, the healing process can begin.
Jordan Weiner, Mitchell’s 18 year-old son, pitched his heart out after his father’s passing, throwing a no-hitter barely a day after his father’s funeral. Weiner, wearing his father’s initials on his cap, was dominant; striking out 13 to help Robert F. Kennedy defeated Prospect Heights 10-0 in the first round of the PSAL Class B playoffs on May 21.
Five days later, Jordan was back at it, this time fanning 19 batters in a complete game performance, as Kennedy knocked off Alfred E. Smith in the second round.
Kennedy’s journey ended with a 10-0 loss to Taft last Thursday, and with it Jordan’s high school baseball career, but the outpouring of affection from the world onto Jordan’s shoulders has been enormous. On Sunday, Jordan threw out the first pitch at CitiField, a big, sloping curve ball that found it’s way to the plate for a strike.
Jordan says he’ll continue playing baseball next year at Queens College, and we bet the Knights can’t wait for you to arrive. That’s why Jordan Weiner is this week’s athlete of the week.