by Greg Cunningham
The many messages of the Baseball Hall of Fame
Teachers do this every day in the classroom: they find a way to lift up their students, to be that positive influence in their lives, knowing that some young people have no other place to look in order to find encouragement. Teachers change worlds and change futures for their students every day.
To stand on the vast Cooperstown lawn during the induction ceremony and hear these stories was moving. While just about all the 35,000 fans were there to see Big Papi, it’s fair to say that everyone felt the deep resonance in each of the stories recounted about these fearless, bold, and historic players. Witnessing not just baseball history but American history, I bowed to the realization that inspiration can be found in many places.
Big Papi wrapped up his speech with words of gratitude: “To everyone that believed in me, from my family to coaches to teammates to fans, know I could not have done this without you. My Hall of Fame plaque represents each one of you, and I’m going to thank you guys for the rest of my life.”
As the African proverb has it, “It takes a village to raise a child.” The history resonating throughout the day’s ceremonies told me that the members of that village are always paving paths, for today’s children and for the children of a brighter future.
Greg Cunningham is a JFYNet Learning Specialist and a Red Sox season ticket holder.
Images: Courtesy of Greg Cunningham
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