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(Sports by Brooks)   Cancer-stricken high school baseball player, given two months to live, called up to pinch hit -- and belts a single   (sportsbybrooks.com ) divider line
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2008-05-06 01:13:12 AM  
Excuse me, I seem to have gotten dust in my eyes. Yeah, thats it..... dust.

/Hero indeed
 
2008-05-06 01:22:26 AM  
Fantastic. :)
 
2008-05-06 01:31:01 AM  
Wow, we're getting an overload of baseball/softball-related Disney movies in the making.
 
2008-05-06 02:34:04 AM  
Bless his heart - he seems like such a brave young man.
 
2008-05-06 02:34:25 AM  
Headline had me until about two-thirds through.

"Pinch hit?" "Belt a single?"

I'll have to take your word on that, Chief.
 
2008-05-06 02:34:53 AM  
no home run? weak. at best.
 
2008-05-06 02:35:12 AM  
Hooray for that kid.
 
2008-05-06 02:36:20 AM  
I'm dying of cancer too so I'm getting a kick out of these replies...

/seriously
//feels that way
///it's been a long Cinco De Mayo with lots of tequila
 
2008-05-06 02:38:22 AM  
But did they carry him around the bases?
 
2008-05-06 02:40:23 AM  
Link (new window)

/Obligatory
 
2008-05-06 02:40:59 AM  
robsul82: Wow, we're getting an overload of baseball/softball-related Disney movies in the making.

Eh, I don't know about that. Now if it was a cancer-stricken baseball playing golden retriever, that'd be a Disney movie.
 
2008-05-06 02:41:38 AM  
WFern: Headline had me until about two-thirds through.

"Pinch hit?" "Belt a single?"

I'll have to take your word on that, Chief.


Given that the kid can't even run properly because of the cancer spreading to his pelvis, I'd say knocking the ball into right field without pulling a Dave Dravecky and breaking both his arms was pretty damned good.

I'll give him a pass on 'belting' a single.
 
2008-05-06 02:46:05 AM  
sounds like the "Make a Wish Foundation" has their work cut out for them to top this story
 
2008-05-06 02:49:13 AM  
Eat my shiat WFern, you probably couldn't hit a ground out past the pitchers mound.
 
2008-05-06 02:50:35 AM  
WFern: Headline had me until about two-thirds through.

"Pinch hit?" "Belt a single?"

I'll have to take your word on that, Chief.


-2/10

This kid's cancer-ridden pelvis has more farking class than you.

FAIL
 
2008-05-06 02:51:03 AM  
Before anyone gets snooty about the hero tag, Let me just say that as far as you know, the single he hit also defeated the terrorists, provided a billion dollars in food aid for Africa, and went on to become a source of clean, plentiful renewable energy. So lay off cancer boy and let him have his moment.
 
2008-05-06 02:53:03 AM  
Someone send the link to Roger Clemens.
 
2008-05-06 02:54:38 AM  
www.trevoroldak.com
 
2008-05-06 02:56:17 AM  
Staypuft_Mushmallow_Manz: Before anyone gets snooty about the hero tag, Let me just say that as far as you know, the single he hit also defeated the terrorists, provided a billion dollars in food aid for Africa, and went on to become a source of clean, plentiful renewable energy.

Still no cure for...

I can't say it. Well done kid.
 
2008-05-06 02:56:57 AM  
Good story.

I give it 4 hours until the bible beaters come in and start bashing him for not praying hard enough.
 
2008-05-06 02:58:42 AM  
Good for him. A homer would be too Disney for my taste. Its time we started recognizing real miracles.

/agnostic
//I know there aren't any actual miracles
///but I dig this story
 
2008-05-06 02:59:12 AM  
REDARMYVODKA: -2/10

This kid's cancer-ridden pelvis has more farking class than you.

FAIL


I fail at understanding baseball terminology, because I'm not a sports fan. What that has to do with class, I don't know.
 
2008-05-06 02:59:38 AM  
panfried: Excuse me, I seem to have gotten dust in my eyes. Yeah, thats it..... dust.

I think you stirred it up over here too.

/excuse me, I need a tissue
 
2008-05-06 02:59:45 AM  
And that should've been "realistic miracles." Lo siento. I am 6 vodkas deep.

/I mean vodak
//don't wanna confuse the farkers
 
2008-05-06 02:59:53 AM  
WOW...good for him.

I log on to Fark everyday for the laughs...especially Brap....all Hail Brap...but every now and then I get to read these stories...it reminds me of the good in humans, Its early, so the farktards will find some way to blame this on Bush, or Obama, or Hillary and / or America or whatever...

/something in my eyes
 
2008-05-06 03:00:46 AM  
This Is Bold Text Thank you and I will be joining you in hell for that one!
 
2008-05-06 03:01:20 AM  
Meanwhile, the kid with AIDS warmed the bench for yet another game while the cancer-kid gets all the attention.

*insert HIV positive Cartman here* (my GIS-fu is weak)

/HIV is soooo... retro.


Also:


farkerintx: Link (new window)

/Obligatory


I kinda feel bad for the opposing team. Giving up 20 points in four minutes to an autistic kid. I can see if they weren't covering him all that much for the first nine points, letting him shine in the limelight for a while and all, but by that third basket, they had to have started taking him a bit more seriously.

/I'm first in my class, Jerry!
 
2008-05-06 03:03:17 AM  
martin55: Given that the kid can't even run properly because of the cancer spreading to his pelvis, I'd say knocking the ball into right field without pulling a Dave Dravecky and breaking both his arms was pretty damned good.

I'll give him a pass on 'belting' a single.


Urbs: Eat my shiat WFern, you probably couldn't hit a ground out past the pitchers mound.

Am I taking crazy pills or are you folks reading something into my post that was entirely nonexistent?

/Still can't understand half the terms and phrases
 
2008-05-06 03:04:02 AM  
Urbs: Eat my shiat WFern, you probably couldn't hit a ground out past the pitchers mound.

REDARMYVODKA: This kid's cancer-ridden pelvis has more farking class than you.

www.siyumhaseinfeld.com

"Who?! Who doesn't want to praise the cancer boy?!"
 
2008-05-06 03:04:58 AM  
The kid has some serious balls, and I won't retract that if it turns out the pitcher gave him as easy a pitch as he could and the fielder missed on purpose, which is easily possible.

But what really amazed me is that I'm 5'8" and 130, and this kid is 5'5" and 93 pounds. I'm pretty thin, this kid is a rail.

/sister is a pediatric oncologist
//no idea how she gets through her days
 
2008-05-06 03:05:29 AM  
andrew131:
I give it 4 hours until the bible beaters come in and start bashing him for not praying hard enough.


img501.imageshack.us
 
2008-05-06 03:07:47 AM  
i168.photobucket.com
 
2008-05-06 03:09:08 AM  
WFern: /Still can't understand half the terms and phrases

www.trevoroldak.com
 
2008-05-06 03:09:54 AM  
Hydra: I kinda feel bad for the opposing team. Giving up 20 points in four minutes to an autistic kid. I can see if they weren't covering him all that much for the first nine points, letting him shine in the limelight for a while and all, but by that third basket, they had to have started taking him a bit more seriously.

It looked like they did...hard to tell since the video is grainy, but one of the shots showed a player near him.
 
2008-05-06 03:10:46 AM  
Good story.

I give it 4 hours until the bible beaters come in and start bashing him for not praying hard enough.


Lost my mother to cancer.

/xian
//bible beater
///prayed a lot
////not okay, but okay with it.
 
2008-05-06 03:15:15 AM  
Drove in a run also?? Not to shabby. I would think that the pitcher would give him beachballs to hit if there was not a threat on the bases but it sounds like he earned the hit, not bad.
 
2008-05-06 03:17:26 AM  
This Is Bold Text:

n1.cdn.spikedhumor.com
 
2008-05-06 03:17:36 AM  
Staypuft_Mushmallow_Manz: Before anyone gets snooty about the hero tag, Let me just say that as far as you know, the single he hit also defeated the terrorists, provided a billion dollars in food aid for Africa, and went on to become a source of clean, plentiful renewable energy. So lay off cancer boy and let him have his moment.

I just checked all the news channels and websites I could find, and since none of those things have happened I don't see how a Hero tag is justified.

Sappy? Yes. Hero? No.
 
2008-05-06 03:20:57 AM  
I applaud this young man.

My girlfriend was diagnosed with leukemia last July. Her cancer went away in November, but it seems that it might be coming back now, and I hope and pray it isn't.

/a little drunk
//she is super cute :)
 
2008-05-06 03:23:35 AM  
nigerian_eskimo: Staypuft_Mushmallow_Manz: Before anyone gets snooty about the hero tag, Let me just say that as far as you know, the single he hit also defeated the terrorists, provided a billion dollars in food aid for Africa, and went on to become a source of clean, plentiful renewable energy. So lay off cancer boy and let him have his moment.

I just checked all the news channels and websites I could find, and since none of those things have happened I don't see how a Hero tag is justified.

Sappy? Yes. Hero? No.


How about restoring what little faith in humanity so many of us lose by reading Fark every day?

/I was planning on taking over the world tonight; putting it off 'till tomorrow
//the same thing I do every night
 
2008-05-06 03:28:56 AM  
I really like Fark, except I'm getting tired of the 13-year-olds here taunting the sick and injured. It just ain't funny. Take a break from making fart sounds with your armpits and think about other people for moment. It won't kill you.

I have kids. Sometimes they are scared of spiders, or monsters, or just going to the dentist. I really can't imagine how they would feel if they were dying of cancer. Yeah, I got dust in my eye too.

Way to go kid. You restored my faith in humanity for at least another day.

Wfern, Bold Text go pound sand.
 
2008-05-06 03:32:39 AM  
So, I wonder what the expected lifespan of this kid is, since two months is the worst case scenario.
 
2008-05-06 03:40:14 AM  
Good for him, but "Hero"?

As in, like, "jumped on a grenade" Hero?

Shiat, I'm way worse a ballplayer than the average person even vaguely interested in the sport, but even I can hit a single-baser every once in a while.

Too bad there isn't a "Hey, nice one, killer" tag.
 
2008-05-06 03:47:21 AM  
pat_colletti: Wfern, Bold Text go pound sand.

The sick are as fair game as any pedo, husky biatch, crack head, corrupt politician, Darwin Award recipient, fundie, lefty, righty, Iranian, Jew, cracker, PeTArd or any other type of person to grace the face of this planet and Fark. It just so happens that they're sick rather than foreign, moronic, or demented. There is a bunch shiat in this world and some peoples best way to deal with it is to laugh. You may find it reprehensible for them to somehow make light of a terminal disease, but you know you've laughed many others' shortfalls here on Fark.
 
2008-05-06 03:59:45 AM  
That little Timmy's a hero
 
2008-05-06 04:41:50 AM  
Shrapnel: Good for him, but "Hero"?

As in, like, "jumped on a grenade" Hero?

Shiat, I'm way worse a ballplayer than the average person even vaguely interested in the sport, but even I can hit a single-baser every once in a while.

Too bad there isn't a "Hey, nice one, killer" tag.


Agreed, a "hi5" tag or something.
 
2008-05-06 04:52:43 AM  
img1.fark.net and img1.fark.net, img1.fark.net kid
 
2008-05-06 04:57:32 AM  
Still no cure for HGH.
 
2008-05-06 05:01:02 AM  
YixilTesiphonShrapnel: Good for him, but "Hero"?

As in, like, "jumped on a grenade" Hero?

Shiat, I'm way worse a ballplayer than the average person even vaguely interested in the sport, but even I can hit a single-baser every once in a while.

Too bad there isn't a "Hey, nice one, killer" tag.

Agreed, a "hi5" tag or something.


I dont think you understand why he is a hero. This kid took a chance to make the best of a very difficult situation. He has been battling the disease for 2 years. That means lots of chemo and radiation which on its own is hell. (imagine the worst hangover you have ever had in your life, now imagine that 50 times worse, and then think about having to go through that every day for weeks at a time.) On top of that he is terminally ill and it would be very easy for this kid to get depressed but instead he goes out and keeps living his life. The fact that he is even at that game is amazing to me. Now sure him being able to hit the ball and make it to first might not be the stuff of heroes. But the attitude that got him to that game in the first place is.

/hope his family was as uplifted by his hit as i was reading about it, cause they sure as hell need it.
 
2008-05-06 05:11:46 AM  
I would hate to have been the kid that got subbed out for cancer boy.

"Donnie! grab some pine, we're going to let 'Make a wish' here hit for you!"
 
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