baseball, Big Papi, Dear Eli, Evil Empire, Mark Teixeira, Never Over 'Til It's Over, Red Sox, Yankees
It was fun going with you to the baseball game Thursday. And I’m glad we stayed until the very end of the game, even if your favorite team, the Nats, lost.
You always have to stay until the end of the game. No matter how bad or how good it might seem for your team.
Yesterday was a good example of why it’s so important to understand the game is never over until the final out.
Last night in Yankee Stadium, it was the bottom of the 9th inning, and my heroes the Sox were ahead 3-2. There were two outs. One more and they’d beat the Evil Empire (the Yankees).
Instead of the final out, the Yankees hit a home run to tie the game.
Nothing much happened for the next seven innings, although Friday had turned into Saturday. Then, in the 16th inning, Big Papi, the great David Ortiz, hit a home run and put the Sox ahead 4-3.
Then, the Yankees got a home run in the bottom of the 16th when one of their players, Mark Teixeira, who was 34 years old when the game started and had turned 35 by the 16th inning, hit a home run.
Bummer. The game tied again, 4-4.
In the top 18th inning, again the Sox went ahead, 5-4.
And wouldn’t you know it, again the Yunkees tied it. Score now 5-5.
Then, in the 19th inning, after more than seven hours, the Sox went ahead 6-5.
This time, the bad guys didn’t tie it in the bottom of the inning, and the Sox won.
And that’s why you never, ever leave a game until the final out is made.
Never give up.
Land Wayland said:
Land Wayland said:
I hope you don’t mind if I forward this to my grandson who lives in Blacksburg and is an excellent 11 year old baseball player (Little League All Stars twice). I will ask his father (who is a total baseball fan) to discuss it with him as it illustrates a very important lesson about that most difficult subject—perseverance.
Of course it might always been a good idea to tuck in a copy of Dan Barry’s “Bottom of the 33rd: Hope and Redemption in Baseball’s Longest Game,” about the Paw (er, Pro) Sox & Red Wings game — delightful read, more sociology than baseball, but what the heck?
A terrific lesson in patience and team support
william Plitt said:
True Wisdom. Maybe there is message for us with other less important aspects of the larger game of Life? BP
Great lesson to learn early in your life :-) Roger that!
Ben Shute said:
Another point of view from Roger Angell – I’m not taking sides.
Talk about learning perseverance and patience! Don’t know of many adults or kids who could sit through 7 hours of baseball …. but if they do, well … they are made up of the good old fashion stuff all true fans are made of… patience and loyalty. That’s a good virtue for a true friend too!
Jackie Reed said:
I’m with Land Wayland and Roger. This definitely generalizes to a life lesson.
liz Frost said:
Great letter and a good lesson in life!!!!
Fruzsina Harsanyi said:
I can’t believe I read the whole thing and actually found it interesting. Is that like staying to the end?