Learning to Dance in the Rain with Vin Scully

An excerpt from the full length version:

Ernest Hemingway wrote in A Farewell to Arms, ‘the world breaks everyone, but some come back afterward, even stronger in the broken places.’  When you think about those players, the greatest thing about the character of a great baseball player or a successful man, is a desire to excel.  A desire to dominate and it confines him to a single mission. Nothing else matters. The greatest menace to a man’s success is a perfect willingness to excuse his own mistakes. The players I’ve talked about have demonstrated something rather imperishable and man some enduring moral fiber that just will not bow before the most demoralizing blow. From these giant soul champions we can borrow from courage and we can dream.[…] I was in high school, sitting in the back row of the auditorium with the best athlete on campus. His name was Larry Miggins and we were talking about what we hoped to do with our lives. And I said to Larry, ‘Gosh, I would love to be a sports announcer and maybe do major league baseball.’ And Larry said, ‘I would love to be a major league player.’

In 1952, a few years later, I was broadcasting for the Brooklyn Dodgers and they were playing in Ebbets field against the St. Louis Cardinals and Larry Miggins was in the starting line-up for St. Louis. Now I only worked two innings in those years, the 3rd and the 7th, and in the 3rd inning Larry Miggins came up while I was on the air and hit a homerun againt a pitcher named Preacher Roe. It was the most emotional moment outside the birth of my children, I think, in my entire life.

Can you imagine such a far fetched dream coming to reality?  So, I get back again to those four words: Very difficult, but possible. Hold on to that. We can’t tell you how to survive the storms of life, but we can tell you to learn to dance in the rain. […] I wish for you: May the road always rise to meet you, may the wind always be at your back, may the rain fall gently on your field, may the sun be gentle to your face, and above all may God hold you in the hollow of his hand.


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