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I Wish I Wrote This

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posted on Oct, 29 2008 @ 12:25 PM
I just read an article which really hits home.
Check it out.

Phillies Story

Here's a snippet.

With sweat dripping from his brow and giant plug of chaw in his cheek, Hanks delivers the oft-quoted “There's no crying in baseball” tirade to a sobbing female player whose miscue could have cost her team.

The rant was significant enough to beat out Belushi's “Toga! Toga!” line from “Animal House” and Bogart's “Of all the gin joints in all the towns” from “Casablanca” on the American Film Institute's list of greatest movie quotes of all time.

It was the only line of the film that elicited a belly laugh as big as Veterans Stadium from my father.

Dad saw the brilliance in Hanks' performance and, as a ballplayer and coach in his younger years, knew the frustration of players not executing the fundamentals of the game.

As a 12-year-old, it just made me laugh.

Of course, there's crying in baseball. Just three years earlier, I sat in my boyhood home on my parents' bed watching Phillie Mike Schmidt give a tearful retirement speech. Dad even stepped aside to wipe away a tear.

But there hasn't been any crying in baseball for me since, not even in 1993 when Joe Carter of Toronto dashed so many Philadelphia dreams.

That is, until a year ago.

It was July of 2007 when Dad was admitted to the hospital for the second time that summer. The doctors initially thought it was pancreatitis, but the jaundice and weight loss were harbingers of something much worse.

The cancer diagnosis came soon after and, with it, Dad's decision not to seek treatment.

Read the story. It is wonderfully written. I wish I had the talent to write such a good story.
I lost my Dad right after Christmas this past year due to cancer. I wish I was able to say that I watched a Philadelphia Championship with my Dad. I never did. I pray that my son who will be sitting right beside me tonight will be able to yell, scream, bang pots and pans and retain a lifelong memory of watching a Philadelphia team be world champions with his old man. He doesn't know it, but I have a couple bottles of soda which we'll shake up and spray on each other.
Oh yeah Baby! Gonna be great times when the Phillies win it all.

posted on Oct, 29 2008 @ 12:31 PM
reply to post by lombozo


Sorry about our moment of glory (Jays) stealing the thunder.

Good luck tonight, and for the record..(EEK)
Better go outside to blow off that soda...

posted on Oct, 29 2008 @ 01:48 PM
You got it buddy.

This is the second time now I've wished for this win not only for myself but for you and your son.

God willing tonight's the night my friend.

I'll be thinking of you two.


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