"It's something you have to deal with," Tigers' pitcher Jeremy Bonderman told the Detroit Free Press. "You find a way to go on -- with it or without it. There are ways that I learn better than other people. If someone shows me how to do it, I can do it. I'm good at it. I can do anything."
Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin, according to the International Dyslexia Association. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and / or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.
Bonderman will admit he wasn't the best student when he went to Pasco High School. He was often told he couldn't learn things quickly enough. And he sometimes has trouble putting the right words together to let you know he feels.
But he told the Detroit Free Press, he's now comfortable enough to joke when the right words don't come, and something off pops out of this mouth. "I'll just say something backward," he said. "I'll put a word in there. Or I'll sound something out and it won't sound right. Or I just go to the next word, or I don't even say the word -- I add a different word into it."