Legends Never Die

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“Remember kid, there’s heroes and there’s legends. Heroes get remembered but legends never die.”

“Remember kid, there’s heroes and there’s legends. Heroes get remembered but legends never die.” That quote is from The Sandlot, one of my favorite films growing up. It’s a 1993 coming-of-age film telling the story of a group of young baseball players during the summer of 1962. The character delivering that iconic line is Babe Ruth, The Sultan of Swat, The Colossal of Clout, one of the greatest baseball players to ever play the game - The Great Bambino!

The boys knocked a priceless ball, signed by The Babe, over a fence where a “beast that ate a boy” dwells. They’re all terrified and don’t know what to do. As one of the boys, Benny ‘The Jet’ Rodriguez, contemplates their next move the spirit of the Babe visits Benny and nudges him into action with that line. What Benny decides to do transforms him into a living legend. Benny tells the boys he’s going to hop the fence and get the ball back. That’s just what he does, too. Benny pickles the beast and saves the day!!

Every day, I get to serve little legends like Jamauri here. I get to pass on lessons I’ve learned, share my failures, and help them muster the courage to pickle the beasts in their lives. The stories they share are heartbreaking at times, everything from kids whose parents can’t afford to buy them new shoes to kids who have lost parents to addiction or cancer. Life has delivered some mile high fences they have to climb alongside some vicious beasts they need to defeat. And, lemme tell you something, they all have what it takes. My role isn’t to perform the miraculous. My role is to show up everyday and love them the best I can. My role is to remind them they are legends and legends never die.