Again, I wondered why I did not give up your hug, I closed my eyes, and I imagined, how it will be, I idealized the perfect day, the best day, I thought what words I would use to tell you how you save me everyday, words that I can express how great is the love that I have for you, and I came to the conclusion that, it is not explained, not even the most beautiful words could explain a feeling that I do not even understand, something that saved me from living sad, half a world of nightmares, is a unique feeling, able to heal my pain, bring me the peace that the world takes. And maybe I could give up just now, wake up tomorrow, pick up the posters, CDs, DVDs, keep them in a box, and they would turn the memory of an incomplete story, it would be like giving up on myself, so I figured how it's going to be from here. some years when someone asks me what made me happy, and I get an old box with the best memories of my life and say "she is my happiness, the best angel God could give me" and then I opened my eyes, I slept with the certainty that you are the best, the best I could have, much more than one day I dreamed for myself, gave me the best smiles, the best dreams. By the way, you are the best dream of my life, and as much as it sounds like a cliché, I can say that I love you!
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I remember the first time I saw Cal Ripken Jr.
I was 15, watching him at spring training in Florida. I couldn’t believe how tall and strong he was. He was everything I wanted to be.
1️⃣ GOLD GLOVE SHORTSTOP
2️⃣ HIT CLEAN-UP, AND HIT FOR AVERAGE AND POWER
3️⃣ WORLD CHAMPION
4️⃣ LEAGUE MVP
5️⃣ PLAYED FOR ONE TEAM HIS ENTIRE CAREER
6️⃣ PLAYED EVERY INNING OF EVERY GAME
That last feat is truly inspiring. Cal played every INNING of every game for more than 13 seasons. No days off. No innings off. He was truly made of iron.
That first day I saw him ... that was the day I knew I could play shortstop and stay there. I was shocked at how smoothly he fielded ground balls on the back training field. He caught 53 ground balls, including 21 backhanded plays. I was hooked. I remember thinking, "baseball is the greatest game in the world, and Ripken is my idol." That feeling never waned, even when I got to know my hero up close years later, when he would invite me to his home during the off-season for a basketball game or two.
It saddens me that many in the sports community are missing the beauty of the game's flow, its cadence, and its strategy. Baseball is not the only great thing that’s often overlooked and undervalued, but in today's hurried world, it's worth remembering that everything has its rightful pace and time. The game that Cal inspired me to play deserves no less.
In 2001, the All-Star Game was in Seattle. I knew it was Cal’s last season, and therefore, his last mid-summer classic. I wanted to repay him for inspiring and motivating me, and for being so kind to me over the years. We switched positions to start the game. Cal was back at shortstop where he belonged. Back at the position he changed forever. Back at the spot where he amazed and inspired a 15-year-old kid to follow in his footsteps.
Thanks again, Cal.
Who has had a positive impact on your life? Whether it’s an athlete, entertainer, business mogul, or relative, who inspires you to be great, and why?