What a yarn: John Curtis teacher shows support for title-seeking baseball team | Prep Sports

Last year, when John Curtis reached the semifinal round of the state playoffs, Brittney Muller gave the baseball-playing juniors in her chemistry class a set of bracelets made from red, white and blue yarn.

This year, when the Patriots secured another spot in the semifinal round, the third-year teacher at Curtis received several requests from the current class of juniors.

They each wanted a bracelet for themselves, all of them asking, “When are we going to get our bracelets?” she said.

John Curtis will play a weather-delayed Division I state championship Sunday against Catholic-Baton Rouge at Pat Kenelly Diamond in Hammond with several players holding a reminder of the support they receive from the school.

“Baseball is one of the only team sports where one player faces the entire other team on their own,” said Muller, who made the bracelets so those players can go to the plate knowing they have the support of everyone around them.

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Michael O’Brien, a junior, posted a picture on Twitter during the week that showed him and several teammates holding up their arms so they could display the bracelets.

“To have that support, and that fan support, means a lot,” O’Brien said.

The Mississippi-born Muller made bracelets for friends when she was in high school and she continued the hobby as an adult. Her husband de ella, Jarrod, played baseball for Rummel before he graduated in 2000, and the couple attended several minor league games together in Jackson, Mississippi, back when they met as students together at nearby Mississippi College – so baseball holds a meaningful place in her life, she said.

The oldest of Brittney and Jarrod’s three children, 8-year-old Eli, plays baseball for the Curtis lower school program.

For a recent game, three seniors from the Curtis varsity team attended a lower-school game and saw Eli play.

“(Eli) thought that was the best thing ever,” Muller said. “You would have thought professional MLB players came out to watch them play.”

The two-way support among older and younger students at Curtis is common throughout the school.

“That’s kind of a microcosm of what we are,” said Curtis, whose team defeated Brother Martin 3-2 in a semifinal Thursday. “We have other teachers who do other things randomly throughout the school year for us. We appreciate the gesture by Mrs. Muller and we appreciate the support.”

Against Catholic, Curtis will face a team that defeated Jesuit 3-1 in the other semifinal Thursday. The Bears were powered by four doubles that each helped produce those three runs.

“They’re not a huge power-hitting team in terms of home runs,” said Curtis, who liked Catholic to “the best teams that we have had in our league the past six or seven years: Brother Martin in 2019. Jesuit last year. Holy Cross last year.”

When the game begins, some players will have the bracelets on their wrist. Others, like O’Brien, will have his bracelet in the back pocket of his pants.

Muller has been around baseball enough to know about player superstitions, so that if they do not wear the bracelet during a game, she will not be offended. With that in mind, Muller made the bracelets so they could be adjusted and removed.

In this case, it is the show of support that counts. When the players asked for another batch of bracelets, she was glad to deliver. Anything for her her favorite group of baseball-playing chemistry students.

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