For when the One Great Scorer comes
To write against your name,
He marks-not that you won or lost-
But how you played the game. Grantland Rice, American sportwriter (1880-1954).
You might have heard this before, "It's not if you win or lose, but how you play the game." Written by Grantland Rice, it is from a long poem entitled "Alumnus Football".
Hey, I know I have photos of baseball on here instead of football but there is a reason and stay with me and I will explain it soon!
Did any of you get to watch much of the Summer Olympics from Rio? I have always enjoyed watching the Olympics and of course, I cheer whenever the USA wins a medal but you know what I remember the most from Rio? Michael Phelps won a record setting amount of medals, 28 in all, and 23 of them were gold. He didn't always come in first! (The announcers almost sounded apologetic about his lesser medals!) Simone Biles was just incredible, was she not? Here's the thing, she won four gold medals but she won the bronze because she bobbled on the balance beam. Honestly, I admired her all the more for doing that, to just keep going when you know you have not done your best.
The photo of the baseball player is from four years ago. Chipper Jones is retired now but he spent his entire 19 year career with the Atlanta Braves and he was a fantastic player!
I could give you all his stats but guess what I remember about him? One...whenever he took a base on balls or if he was hit by a pitch, he would always politely hand his bat to the ball boy. Always. The other thing...Chipper's real name is Larry Wayne Jones, Jr. The Braves would play the New York Mets at Shea Stadium and when Chipper would come to the plate, the fans there would taunt him and say, "Larry...Larry"...over and over! Did Chipper get mad about it? No! He said he enjoyed the fans! In fact, he named one of his sons, "Shea"! It tickles me to think of Chipper Jones visiting New York City. I am sure he gets the best treatment at all the restaurants and hotels, I bet they love him now!
So, my friends, can anyone tell me where I am going with this? I have been very busy at work and find it hard to think straight these days, so I am sure that one of you can sum this up for me. Be a good sport. be polite, be kind. And if someone intends an unkindness towards you, try to turn it into something positive. It's how we should all play the game!
Oh! I have had this on here before, but some of you might not have heard it. It is Harpo Marx playing "Take Me Out To The Ballgame". They didn't call him "Harpo" for nothing! Enjoy.