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2005-11-16 22:24
by Jon Weisman

"Otis Redding Was Right," by Alex Belth on Baseball Analysts:

One the greatest women fans I've ever known is my friend Marylou Ledden who grew up in Fitchburg, a small town about fifty miles west of Boston. Marylou had just turned 18 during The Summer of Love, also known as The Impossible Dream season in Boston, and I'm sure she knew as much about baseball as she did about sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. Her father, a burly Irish drinking man, would take her to the bleachers at Fenway Park, and although she was quite beautiful, she was also surely no pushover. ...

2005-11-17 01:00:37
1.   dzzrtRatt
Well that sure hit me in the gut.

Right around that exact same time--immediately after the '98 Series in fact--my wife was diagnosed with cancer. She also went quickly--about three months--and very painfully. But there were hopeful moments and days when the pain wasn't so bad, and it was quite amazing to see her say her goodbyes to her many devoted friends on those precious days. She died knowing she was well-loved and had made a difference in many many lives.

She wasn't too much of a baseball fan, but she tolerated my mania. And she is inextricably linked to the great Kirk Gibson home run in '88. We were on a little outing, before we were married actually, and I started to watch Game 1 in the hotel room. She, quite rightly, wanted me to pay attention to her, so after Canseco's homer, I reluctantly turned it off. After awhile we were relaxing and she said finally, 'go ahead, turn it back on, I know you're thinking about it.' And so began the bottom of the ninth...

2005-11-17 05:58:07
2.   Rich Lederer
Nice tie-in to Alex's masterfully written, heartfelt story. Sorry to hear about your wife. I feel as if I know most everyone in the DT community so sharing your personal story makes it that much more poignant. Peace.
2005-11-17 07:27:23
3.   Sam DC
Thanks for linking this Jon.

Ratt, there's a heck of a lot of love captured in that small little memory you shared. Thanks.

2005-11-17 07:35:49
4.   HomeDePo
Whether you like it or not, Catfish Stew helps us explain Ned Colletti with his latest post...
2005-11-17 07:54:55
5.   Bob Timmermann
I have the feeling that I've been hit in the gut too. But oddly, in a good way.
2005-11-17 08:20:48
6.   molokai
Thank you for the link to the article. Dzzrtratt I'm sorry for your loss.

Once upon a time when I was 30 I didn't know anyone who had passed away from Cancer. Sixteen years later I know way to many, some very close to my heart. A good friend who started in my roto league 20 years ago was from Chicago and a diehard White Sox fan. He passed away several years ago and this year he turned all 10 of his roto-mates who couldn't have cared less about the White Sox into Sox fans for the 1st time. We all toasted Roger this year and hope he was smiling somewhere. I don't believe in God but sometimes I suspend the practice to get me through the day.

2005-11-17 08:23:21
7.   Jon Weisman
I just send all my best to all of you affected by this story and what it describes.
2005-11-17 08:44:08
8.   dzzrtRatt
Thanks. I was like you Molokai. We didn't know anyone our my age group to whom this had happened, and it didn't seem quite real to her or to me. But now I find myself in a sharing situation with many friends who've lost someone close--it's probably to their benefit that I know what this is like.

Anyway, life gets better. I'm remarried. My son is happy. Other challenges come along, but the good stuff seems even sweeter when you know in the back of your mind how bad it can get. And I had the wonderful privilege of knowing this woman for the time I knew her.

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