Sorry about the lack of a Thursday post; meant to do one, but then I started looking at the incredible amount of stuff soon-to-be parents need to buy before the kid comes, and I looked up and it was midnight. Man oh man, running a baby store must be the easiest business in America…
And a Happy Friday to all of you. Three feel-good stories to take you into the weekend (Spring is finally here! Hey, it’s only mid-April, not like we were sick of winter or anything.)
First up, the continuing awesomeness that is the BatKid saga. Maybe you remember the huge fuss made in San Francisco a few months ago, when, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and a wonderful city, a sick little boy who adores Batman named Miles Scott got to have the experience of a lifetime, a whole day being feted as a hero in his city.
Well now, the BatKid is back: He got to throw out the first pitch at a Giants game, and the photo above just might be the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.
**Next up, another athlete in a major American sport came out of the closet this week, and yes, it’s still a big deal. Sooner or later, it won’t be, but right now, Derrick Gordon, a UMass basketball player, told his teammates, then the world, that he was gay.
Watch this interview (below) he did with ESPN’s Kate Fagan (random trivia: Kate replaced me on the sports staff at the Glens Falls (N.Y.) Post-Star many moons ago. Her career has skyrocketed since then. She’s good people.), and realize that for so many of these gay athletes, it’s still so hard to tell your family and friends, and your teammates, who you really are.
I thought his first answer to Fagan’s question was so telling: “How do you feel?” she asked.
“Awesome, actually. Honestly I didn’t think I’d feel this way afterwards until 3 or 4 years later.”
Hopefully, the more athletes who find the courage to come out, it’ll get easier.
**And finally, having interviewed many hockey players over the years, I know one of their greatest fears is hurting someone, especially a kid, with a slap shot that got deflected and shoots into the stands.
If you’re P.K. Subban of the Montreal Canadiens, owner of the hardest slapper in the sport, it’s got to be doubly bad.
In a recent game, though, one of Subban’s missiles hit a Habs fan named Thomas. The kid wasn’t seriously hurt, but Subban showed he’s one of the good guys. Look at what he did for the boy afterwards: