LAUREL - Sometimes even all-stars have to put sports in perspective when it comes to appreciating family.
That's what 2012 East Marshall High School graduate John Bloom did earlier this month.
Bloom, 18, of Laurel, was selected to play in the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Series Aug. 2 through 5 at Ashford University in Clinton.
Laurel teen John Bloom decided some quality time in Minnesota with his grandparents John and Shirley Bloom was more important than pitching in an all-star baseball game earlier this month.
The problem was the star pitcher already had plans to spend quality time with his grandparents, John and Shirley Bloom, at their summer home in Minnesota during that timeframe.
Bloom decided family was more important than baseball and made sure he spent time with his grandparents and, eventually, the rest of his family.
"I kind of wanted to go to the series, but it just came at the wrong time," Bloom said. "My grandma was sick last year and didn't get to go (to Minnesota). I just wanted to get her up there."
Baseball and softball have been an integral part of the Bloom family for years, but John just didn't want to miss out on that family time. He has many memories growing up fishing with his grandfather.
"We've been fishing ever since I can remember," he said.
Family friend Dave Stineman, also of Laurel, took notice of the selfless act by the teenager and was proud to tell others about it.
"The young man took a pass on a once in a lifetime opportunity so that he could participate in a fishing trip with his grandma and grandpa," Stineman said. "That really says something about his character."
The teenager appreciated the recognition from Stineman.
"It's nice that people really think that of me," John Bloom said.
John's parents, John and Ann Dee were also pleased by his decision.
"I'm very proud of him," Ann Dee Bloom said.
Bloom will attend Marshalltown Community College this fall. He hasn't seen the last of a baseball diamond as he plans to play for the Tigers.