Today’s Blog brought to you by Guest Blogger WW Ann….
When it comes to baseball I am now a Mets fan. In the distant past I was an avid Brooklyn Dodger loyalist. Friends and family, especially those in New Hampshire, are raving Red Sox followers. Some of the older ones still talk about Ted Williams – a success at baseball but, in my opinion, pretty much of a failure where it counts the most on my scorecard—off the field.
But in the last week major television networks have featured interviews with another Ted Williams who when perhaps dreaming to figuratively get a base hit has been talented and fortunate enough to hit a bases loaded grand slam. Unless you’ve been put into a hibernating state for the duration of winter (not at all a bad idea, you’d save on electricity and calories) you have most likely seen Mr. Williams and/or caught Facebook’s enthusiastic entries about him.
My Ted Wiliams has been living in Columbus Ohio for a number of years, most of his recent ones, homeless. I won’t repeat all of the now well known details but I am curious if you became as enthralled in his saga as I did. I really hope that his achievable happy ending will endure, as well as his “clean” record of no drugs, no drinking. What endeared this Ted Williams to me was his honesty, his lack of pretension, his confidence and his sincerity. His excitement at meeting Matt Lauer was childlike (click here to see Ted with Matt). Maybe it’s that childlike joy that makes his story so appealing as well as his simple wish for one good job and home.
Our country has been characterized as one that likes the underdog and cheers for those who make a comeback. Maybe our hopes and prayers would better be directed toward those everyday heroes who, unlike Ted Williams, will not become household names.
I believe we would all do better to congratulate those who struggle to make difficult comebacks rather than expend energy or even curiosity about a Lindsay Lohan or Mel Gibson, the former being a sad unstable young woman and the latter a hate-ridden star who managed to fatally tarnish his own reputation just by being himself.
So without further discussion of the baseball Ted Williams’ foibles, let’s rejoice in a true “feel good” story of Ted Williams of Columbus, possessor of a golden voice with golden opportunities ahead.