Yup. I’m going to talk about sports today.
But don’t worry–even if you aren’t a fan you will enjoy this story.
We all remember the derision with which Tom Hanks delivered his famous “there’s no crying in baseball” line. It was bad enough that he had to coach women, but for them to be emotional??? Unacceptable.
But maybe things are changing.
Wilmer Flores is a 23 year old player for the New York Mets. Last week during a game he found out that he was slated to be traded to another team.
Shortly after this life altering news, he was up at bat. Not surprisingly, he struck out–the third out of the inning.
As Wilmer took his position in the field, he was seen wiping tears away. TV cameras were glued to him. He was trying to keep it together, but he couldn’t conceal the fact that he was crying.
Since the announcement came during the game, Wilmer had no time to compose himself. He showed his true feelings. He simply couldn’t help it. He loves his team and he didn’t want to leave.
It was real, true, raw emotion. The kind you rarely see. And it was on a televised baseball diamond. In New York City.
But here is the best part. Because of other factors, not his emotional response, the trade fell through.
Wilmer is staying.
And now? He gets a standing ovation every time he comes up to bat. He has become a Met fan favorite.
Instead of Mets fans being turned off or mocking this young mans emotional reaction, he has been completely embraced in a city that is known for being tough and unfeeling.
Conventional wisdom would say Wilmer Flores actions were seen as weak and unmanly.
Instead it has been the complete opposite. His vulnerability is being celebrated.
This story warms my heart. As a strong proponent of people feeling what they feel and giving themselves permission to explore their emotions, it is incredibly heartening to see the support and enthusiasm Flores has received.
I hope this encourages more real, true emotion–in baseball and beyond.
In order to change your life, you must first change your mind