In honor of Major League Baseball’s Opening Day today, I wanted to re-post my favorite story from last season. Sometimes sports is more than just a game…
What an awesome story. I had a smile on my face and tears in my eyes. Very proud of my hometown Cincinnati Reds for giving this young man an opportunity of a lifetime. Teddy Kremer is an inspiration. His optimism and enthusiasm is obviously contagious and the whole organization may have benefited as much or more than Teddy. (I’d also like to point out that Teddy’s parents are the unsung heroes in this story in my opinion.)
These millionaire athletes are not always the best role models, but there are still some with big hearts, doing the right things. You can’t fake a smile like that of Todd Frazier and Brandon Phillips in this news piece. From ESPN’s “E:60″ (an awesome show in it’s own right):
[I try to always share new things on this blog, but occasionally I like to re-post some of my favorite stories, videos, etc. Plus, new people are following my blog (thank you!) since I last posted this story about 7 months ago. Enjoy!]
A poor farmer’s horse ran off into the country of the barbarians. All his neighbors offered their condolences, but his father said, “How do you know that this isn’t good fortune?” After a few months the horse returned with a barbarian horse of excellent stock. All his neighbors offered their congratulations, but his father said, “How do you know that this isn’t a disaster?” The two horses bred, and the family became rich in fine horses. The farmer’s son spent much of his time riding them; one day he fell off and broke his hipbone. All his neighbors offered the farmer their condolences, but his father said, “How do you know that this isn’t good fortune?” Another year passed, and the barbarians invaded the frontier. All the able-bodied young men were conscripted, and nine-tenths of them died in the war. Thus good fortune can be disaster and vice versa. Who can tell how events will be transformed?
–Story from the Huai Nan Tzu
(quoted in Stephen Mitchell’s Tao Te Ching)