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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