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The “Wanna Be” Natural – Part 1/3

When I decided to write this post about one of the students I taught at Nogales High School in La Puente, California, I thought of The Natural, a baseball movie starring Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, and Glenn Close, where an average baseball player comes out of seemingly nowhere to become a legendary player with almost divine talent.

This is what Hollywood does best—the stuff dreams are made of.

Then I Googled “baseball movies” and discovered a Site listing almost 200 from A to Z (there wasn’t one for “Z”, but “Y” had Yankees West and The Yankles.

If you love baseball as many Americans do, you may want to visit Boston Baseball.com.

I even searched for “Baseball Movies” on YouTube, which resulted in more than five-hundred thousand hits, and I was sucked into watching a few clips.

I could have watched baseball videos for hours on YouTube. I suspect entire movies are there ten minutes at a time.

However, that wasn’t what I wanted to write about.

I wanted to write about one student of the thousands I taught.  He was in one of my ninth grade English classes.

He hated water as many Americans do, and often started school with a liquid breakfast followed by a liquid lunch and a bag of greasy French fries. Then he arrived at his English class—my fifth period.

Continued on April 27, 2011 in The “Wanna Be” Natural – Part 2

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Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of the concubine saga, My Splendid Concubine & Our Hart. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too.

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