#1
I got sent the following short story in a chain email i received, however its a chain email with a difference.

quite a long read mind.

My question is; would you have made the same choice?


At a fund raising dinner for a school that serves children with learning disabilities, the father of one of the students delivered a speech that would never be forgotten by all who attended. After extolling the school and its dedicated staff, he offered a question:

'When not interfered with by outside influences,
everything nature does, is done with perfection.

Yet my son, Shay, cannot learn things as other children do. He cannot understand things as other children do. Where is the natural order of things in my son?'
The audience was stilled by the query. The father continued. 'I believe that when a child like Shay, who was mentally and physically disabled comes into the world, an opportunity to realize true human nature presents itself, and it comes in the way other people treat that child.'
Then he told the following story:


Shay and I had walked past a park where some boys Shay knew
were playing baseball. Shay asked, 'Do you think
they'll let me play?' I knew that most of the boys
would not want someone like Shay on their team, but as a
father I also understood that if my son were allowed to
play, it would give him a much-needed sense of belonging and
some confidence to be accepted by others in spite of his
handicaps.
I approached one of the boys on the field and asked (not
expecting much) if Shay could play. The boy looked around
for guidance and said, 'We're losing by six runs and
the game is in the eighth inning. I guess he can be on our
team and we'll try to put him in to bat in the ninth
inning.'
Shay struggled over to the team's bench and, with a
broad smile, put on a team shirt. I watched with a small
tear in my eye and warmth in my heart. The boys saw my joy
at my son being accepted.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, Shay's team scored
a few runs but was still behind by three.
In the top of the ninth inning, Shay put on a glove and
played in the right field. Even though no hits came his way,
he was obviously ecstatic just to be in the game and on the
field, grinning from ear to ear as I waved to him from the
stands.
In the bottom of the ninth inning, Shay's team scored
again.
Now, with two outs and the bases loaded, the potential
winning run was on base and Shay was scheduled to be next at
bat.
At this juncture, do they let Shay bat and give away their
chance to win the game?
Surprisingly, Shay was given the bat. Everyone knew that a
hit was all but impossible because Shay didn't even know
how to hold the bat properly, much less connect with the
ball.
However, as Shay stepped up to the
plate, the pitcher, recognizing that the other team was
putting winning aside for this moment in Shay's life,
moved in a few steps to lob the ball in softly so Shay could
at least make contact.
The first pitch came and Shay swung clumsily and missed.
The pitcher again took a few steps forward to toss the ball
softly towards Shay.
As the pitch came in, Shay swung at the ball and hit a slow
ground ball right back to the pitcher.
The game would now be over.
The pitcher picked up the soft grounder and could have
easily thrown the ball to the first baseman.
Shay would have been out and that would have been the end
of the game.
Instead, the pitcher threw the ball right over the first
baseman's head, out of reach of all team mates.
Everyone from the stands and both teams started yelling,
'Shay, run to first!
Run to first!'
Never in his life had Shay ever run that far, but he made
it to first base.
He scampered down the baseline, wide-eyed and startled.
Everyone yelled, 'Run to second, run to second!'
Catching his breath, Shay awkwardly ran towards second,
gleaming and struggling to make it to the base.
B y the time Shay rounded towards second base, the right
fielder had the ball . the smallest guy on their team who
now had his first chance to be the hero for his team.
He could have thrown the ball to the second-baseman for the
tag, but he understood the pitcher's intentions so he,
too, intentionally threw the ball high and far over the
third-baseman's head.
Shay ran toward third base deliriously as the runners ahead
of him circled the bases toward home.
All were screaming, 'Shay, Shay, Shay, all the Way
Shay'
Shay reached third base because the opposing shortstop ran
to help him by turning him in the direction of third base,
and shouted, 'Run to third!
Shay, run to third!'
As Shay rounded third, the boys from both teams, and the
spectators, were on their feet screaming, 'Shay, run
home! Run home!'
Shay ran to home, stepped on the plate, and was cheered as
the hero who hit the grand slam and won the game for his
team
'That day', said the father softly with tears now
rolling down his face, 'the boys from both teams helped
bring a piece of true love and humanity into this
world'.
Shay didn't make it to another summer. He died that
winter, having never forgotten being the hero and making me
so happy, and coming home and seeing his Mother tearfully
embrace her little hero of the day!
#3
F*ck man, I feel horrible now. Good story, and yes. Now that I have read this story/email thingy.
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#7
that wasn't nice. the poor kid died.

but really, it was cool.
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#15
I WISH people in my community would do that, but no, it would never happen here.
I however would be a part of it.
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#16
it was too after school special-y and fake to really enjoy
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#19
a million movies have that story, so nothing new I guess
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#20
That was beautiful. It's great to read that there are still some people out there that aren't just selfish assholes and believe in treating others equally.
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What a nice story.

this. That's really sad, but it shows you, even in the deepest of dark, in the worst times, there are good people on this planet, and people are good, it is just the things in this world that corrupt them. RIP Shay, who showed us what the world could be..
#24
That was ****. I expecting some kind of thought provoking message, or at least a twist, but all it was was a massive "aren't people nice sometimes?"
#25
id rather be disabled than called Shay.


but touching story.
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#26
I didn't find that touching at all. But I understand the message at least.
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#27
I was totally expecting "The third basemen threw it to home, the catcher caught it and as Shay was running, he got speared by the catcher and the game was won by the other team"

Am I a bad person, or did I just think there couldn't be a seriously touching story on the intarwebs?
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#28
That was really nice, thanks for posting it.
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Wow. That was a sad, deep story. R.I.P. Shay.

I doubt it's true.
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#31
bottom of the ninth, bases loaded, 2 outs.

there is no way this story is real. this is how every movie with a touching ending goes.
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#34
RIP Shay
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#35
Yeah, like that would ever happen.
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#37
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That was beautiful. It's great to read that there are still some people out there that aren't just selfish assholes and believe in treating others equally.


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