Inspirational baseball player Landis Sims visits Wrigley Field
A varsity baseball player for his high school in Elizabeth, Ind., Landis Sims has always had a love for the game of baseball.
Learning to play the game, however, has come up with greater challenges for Sims as he was born limb deficient, missing his hands and lower legs. But for Sims, it’s this life challenge that attracted him to baseball in the first place.
“[Baseball is] a game of failure and I can relate that back to my every day life,” said Sims, who joined Cubs Live! today as part of a visit to Wrigley Field. “I have to go through the struggles of figuring things out and learning from the difficulties. So, relating that to baseball, if you fail seven out of ten times you’re a Hall of Famer. For me, if I can just look at life the same way, I’m still winning.”
Sims has continued winning throughout his entire life, and this summer he is on a tour of Major League ballparks to share his story and promote an inspiring documentary about his life, Landis: Just Watch Me.
One person Sims has inspired through his message over the years is former Cubs catcher and current Marquee analyst, Joe Girardi.
Girardi and Sims first met in 2015 when Girardi was the manager of the Yankees, and the two have a developed a tight relationship over the years, keeping in touch and talking about baseball, life and more.
Girardi was so moved by their interactions that he even brought Sims into Yankees camp and signed him to a one-day contract in 2016.
Girardi says that Sims continues to inspire him and others, remarking how his love for the game is infectious.
“When you’re around baseball every day, you sometimes take your love for the game for granted,” said Girardi. “But then you see what Landis goes through and his love for the game, and it just makes you appreciate it more. That’s passion in life, and you hope that everybody in life can find a passion like he has because when you do, you’ll do anything to be great at it.”
“I’ve been amazed at how he’s grown up and how strong he’s gotten. He’s truly incredible and he’s made an impact on my life.”
Sims had the opportunity to throw out the first pitch at Wrigley Field today:
For more on Sims, check out the full interview with Cole Wright and Ryan Dempster above.