Commentary: Hitting a home run (September
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BOB EDWARDS, host: Not all heroics occur in big-league stadiums. Commentator Morton Dean, who plays ball near his home in
was a 1) ____________ ____________
for me. I will never be the same. I hit a home run. I had
never hit a home run
before and I'm 68 years old.
was 2) ______ ____________
________ on the softball field on that sun-drenched Sunday morning. Most
of the regulars who show up for our weekly pick-up games are much younger than
I; some 20 years, even 30 years
younger. But that's their problem.
can still hear the distinctive sound of that home run
3) _____________ from the metal bat. I can still see it, what a majestic line drive
it was, laser-like, a rope major leaguers might call it. And I can 4) ___________
___________ ____ , the
exhilaration, the outfielders playing me at an age-discriminating middle depth
had to chase the ball, which carried to the stone wall in deepest left field. I
sprinted around the bases and when the throw-in was wide of the mark, I scored
5) ____________ ________. The home plate greeting was classic: lusty cheers, obscenity-laced
compliments, backslaps, high fives, low fives.
that exquisite moment, as the innings of my life played out, I did often
contemplate the 6) ___________________ of dying without ever belting a home
run. What would my gravestone read: `He was a 7) _____________
hitter'? The truth is, I had never really given up. That's because I don't
believe, never did believe in letting age suffocate goals or extinguish dreams.
I play sports by 8) _____ _____
_________of the game but I don't live life by all the rules of the game.
what has changed about me since that super Sunday? Well, I walk 9) _____________.
`Man, I hit a home run,'
my walk seems to say. `Pay attention. You hearing me? A home
run.' I know that I think
differently. I have a will, but not the kind most of my contemporaries have. I
will finish that novel. I will paint that painting. I will hit another home
run. And I reinvested in the notion that 10) _____
_________ _________for older
people to hang out with younger people, on the ball field and off. I believe
even more fervently now that you should aspire to things that appear to be
beyond your reach. I aspire to be younger.
The comments of Morton Dean, a lecturer and freelance writer who played one year
of baseball at
old was the man when he hit his first home run?
did he feel when he hit it?
did he often contemplate (think about) before he hit the home run?
changed in him after he hit the home run?
5. What does he think people should aspire to do and be?