Henry and Me


I think life's greatest lessons can

be learned on the baseball field.

You got a little bit of everything,

heroes, hope, love.

Time stops,

you play at your own pace.

It teaches teamwork

and the everlasting joy

of shared victory,

and it also prepares you

to deal with defeat.

I mean let's face it, life

isn't just walk off home runs

and timely base-hits,

it's curve balls aplenty.

Nothing prepares you for the curve,

it comes out of nowhere

and can knock you off your feet,

but that's the great

thing about baseball...

if you stay with it...

stare down your fears...

you just might get a second chance.

Check out the movement on this

one, Dad. Here comes the heat.

Put it here, Jack right here,

right here. Steeeriike 2!

Atta boy, Jack. Good throw.

Here we are at the World Series.

It all comes down to this...

What will the great

Mariano Rivera do?

The wind up.

Steee-rike 3! That is the game.

That is the ball game.

Mo strikes him out with a

curve ball. The Yankees win!

The Yankees win!

Good game, Jack, good game. But I

have to tell you something, you know.

Uh, Mariano never

throws a curve ball.

C'mon. Ready for some dinner?


Hey, pal. Are you alright? Huh?



Matsui steps back in.

Boy they could really use a

little magic from him tonight,

- couldn't they, Michael?

- Yes, they could, John.

The pitch. It's a breaking

ball cut on and missed.

Well, that ends the inning.

Yankees still down by four.

Hey, everyone. How's it going?

Not so good. Top of the third,

Yankees are losing.

Aah, it's early. They'll

figure something out.

You know why, Jack?

It's called Yankee magic.

And I've got a whole stash

of the stuff in my office.

And I figured I'd give you some,

if you want it.

Can I speak to you

outside for a moment?

Don't go anywhere, kiddo.

I'll be right back.

You know we've always said that the mental

part is just as important as the physical.

And I'm really concerned because...

Jack isn't speaking.

And if we ever got

to a place where...

- Well...

- He's fine. He's just tired.

He's been through so much.

I know, I know. I just want to

make sure that he's ready for this.

Because there's a long

and difficult road ahead.

He's ready.

Okay. Then let's do it.

- How you doin' doc?

- It's time for a miracle, Ruth.

It's time for a miracle.

Alright Jackie boy, the doctor

says you are ready to go.

Hey, you can do this.

Compared to the other stuff,

this is a piece of cake.

Hey, Jack. This is going

to help you relax.

You're going to have

beautiful dreams. Okay?

- Wait.

- Hang on a second.

There you go.

I love you, honey, and I'll

see you in a few short hours.

Hey, Jackie, I found a

new batting cage for us.

Maybe we'll go try it

out next week, huh?

Alright now.

Mom, Dad, we'll see

you real soon. Right?

I love you, baby.

Buy me some peanuts and cracker, Jack.

Hey, Jack, they name that after you.

I don't care if I never come back.

Oh, it's root,

root, root for the home team.

If they don't win it's a shame.

'Cause it's one,

two, three strikes you're out

of the old ball game.

Sorry Jack, I got a little

carried away there.

You gonna be alright out here for a

couple of minutes by yourself, handsome?

Don't be picking up any

girls when I'm not around.

I get so jealous.

Hey, listen honey. Listen to me.

Don't be afraid. I'll be right back.

Once again, the Yankees

are shut down in order.

Looks like it's going

to be a long night.

Looks like you got a

bad break, huh, kid?

Not a big talker, huh?

That's okay.

You a fan?

Yeah, me, too.

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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