Tuesday, 5 October 2010

The Best Thing...

I've been getting complaints that all I blog about now is sports.  This story is about a baseball player... but I'll get the boring stuff out of the way quickly, because you don't have to be a sports fan to think it's awesome.

John McDonald is a shortstop/utility infielder known for his stellar defensive play.  Many have called him the best defensive player in baseball.  By that same token, many have referred to him as the worst hitter in baseball, averaging less than a homerun per season entering 2010.  Remember that homerun thing, it's part of what makes the story cool!

A few months ago, during this past season, John's father Jack began to lose his battle with liver cancer.  The Toronto Blue Jays allowed John to go home for a couple of weeks to be with his family.  Before John returned to the team, his father was in the final hours, and the pair exchanged their last goodbyes.  In this final exchange, McDonald Sr. asked his son to hit him a home run at some point, and point to the sky in dedication to his father.  John agreed to this, even though he said he may have to do it in a softball game after he retired, because Major League homeruns aren't exactly common for him.

Then, in his first at-bat after John returned to the Blue Jays, on fucking FATHER'S DAY no less he did this:

Unbelievable, right?

This happened in real life.  This is why I love sports.

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