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Would You Give Up a Win?
By Rabbi Shea Hecht
I can't say that I'm the
biggest sports fan or that I follow sports at all, however, I can
tell you that I have read a remarkable story of sportsmanship that
still has me amazed.
It has left me with the thought provoking question, "Would you give
up a win?"
According to the AP, Sara Tucholsky of Western Oregon University did
something she had never done, in high school or college: She cleared
center field with a home run. But when she missed first base and
started running back to tag it she collapsed with a knee injury.
Sara crawled back to first base but couldn't move any more. It
looked like she would lose her home run!
Then, members of the opposing softball team, Central Washington
University, stunned spectators. Their first baseman Mallory Holtman,
the career home run leader in the Great Northwest Athletic
Conference, asked the umpire if she and her teammates could help
Tucholsky run the bases.
The umpire said there was no rule against it.
So Holtman and shortstop Liz Wallace put their arms under
Tucholsky's legs, and she put her arms over their shoulders. The
three headed around the bases, stopping to let Tucholsky touch each
base with her good leg and Tulcholsky walked to victory.
"The only thing I remember is that Mallory asked me which leg was
the one that hurt," Tucholsky said. "I told her it was my right leg
and she said, 'OK, we're going to drop you down gently and you need
to touch it with your left leg,' and I said 'OK, thank you very
"We didn't know that she was a senior or that this was her first
home run," Wallace said Wednesday. "That makes the story more
touching than it was. We just wanted to help her."
Holtman said she and Wallace weren't thinking about the playoff spot
that they gave up; they thought that others would do the same thing
in similar circumstances.
"I hope I would do the same for her in the same situation,"
Tucholsky said the entire Western Oregon team was in tears as the
three of them reached home plate.
Central Washington coach Gary Frederick, a 14-year coaching veteran,
said it was an "unbelievable" act of sportsmanship.
And so it was.
Of course, as with every other story where someone does something
that strikes us, we must see if there is a lesson that can be
brought down to our own personal level.
Perhaps the actions of the Central Washington girls should force us
to honestly question ourselves, would we give up a win? Do we give
up the win when it's for our spouse? Do we do it for a sibling?
Would we do it for a friend? A stranger? Or as in the case of the
soft ball game, would we give up a win for an opponent?
If we were all willing to give a positive answer to these questions
the world would certainly be a kinder place.
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