Thursday Night Lights
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Pods, LF; Gonzo, RF; Thome, DH; PK, 1B; AJ, C; Iguchi, 2B; Fields, 3B; Terrero, CF; Uribe, SS. Javier pitching.
Amazing how three victories can change your mood, isn’t it?
Walking up to lunch this week (lunch is served upstairs in the Bard’s Room each day for those who choose to dine in), I ran into a bunch of kids in the Gate 4 Reception lobby. The World Series trophy was sitting out on one of the small tables and the kids were all around it, touching it, feeling it.
This is unusual, so I stopped and thought, "what in the world?’
Well, Julie Taylor, our terrific director of guest services, was leading a tour. It’s a tour she’s done now for something like seven years. All of the kids are sight impaired in some way, so what I stubbled on were these kids feeling the World Series trophy because they couldn’t actually see it! Talk about a heart-touching moment.
Julie told me the tour is something else. The kids run the bases and even take batting practice if they can. She told me of one kid with partial sight who lined a clean single into left-field.
Then she told me the best part of the story … To show their appreciation of Julie and the annual tour, the group had raised money — dollars, quarters, dimes, whatever — to purchase a legacy brick to commemorate their trips to the ballpark to experience, through all their senses, a major league park.
So the moral of that story is … anytime you think the frustration, disappointment (so far in 2007), angry calls from fans and media criticism start to wear you down, something is going to happen at the ballpark to remind you of the greatness of the human spirit and how baseball can make a difference in the lives of our fans.
And it will be enough to make you stop in the lobby and smile on your way to lunch.