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Old 04-30-2013, 08:37 AM
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It's approaching 6:00 AM here and this is way off topic but I was hoping to ask you all to help me out. In three hours I will be undergoing a surgery to donate a kidney to a friend I met through baseball. Due to a series of complications this has been a year long journey. I find myself both anxious and relieved that it is finally coming to fruition. Even though I am not an employee of baseball the MLB assistance team (BAT) is paying for 6 weeks of my salary, hotel and airfare. They are an amazing organization.

Many people who known me have asked me about my motivation to do this. I try not to minimize my actions when I explain that it's the right thing to do. It would be a bigger deal if I ignored my friend's needs when I obviously have*the ability to make a difference in his life. While delivering Mickey Mantle's eulogy Bob Costas quoted Kenesaw Mountain Landis, who said every boy builds*a shrine to some baseball hero, and before that shrine, a candle always burns.*Perhaps this is my candle to Roberto. In the past 40 years I know that he has inspired many other selfless acts. He was a powerful role model during my formative years. As a child I was acutely aware that I lacked his athletic talent. However, I knew early on there was much more to the man than baseball and that I could perhaps emulate him in a more profound way. I am fairly certain that belief is what lead me to this moment and a career in social work.

The Roberto Clemente award is in my opinion the most significant award a player can earn. However, I am hoping that one day MLB will honor Roberto by retiring his 21 as they have Jackie Robinson's 42. Both men transcended the game. Robinson is baseball's moral compass and Clemente is it's patron saint. Although Clemente has profound cultural significance for Latinos such as I, for many fans of my generation Clemente represents a bigger ideal than ethnicity, nationality, culture, and language. He represents compassion, mercy, honor, dignity, and pride. As a society I fear that these are all values we seem to be losing a grip on. By retiring 21 MLB would be honoring those principles as much as the man. This is where I am asking for your assistance. If you share my beliefs, please email MLB and tell them to retire 21. I could not find a link to the commissioners office. However, you could address your email to Bud Selig here* Thanks for indulging me.
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Old 04-30-2013, 08:49 AM
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Mike what you are doing is awesome.I hope everthing works out for both of you!!!!!
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Old 04-30-2013, 10:34 AM
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Email sent! What you are doing is a very selfless act that if others had your kind of courage, the world would be a much better place.

Bravo sir.

"What I have done after my baseball career -- being able to help people with their lives and getting their lives back on track so they become productive human beings again -- that means more to me than all the things I did in baseball" - Don Newcombe
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Old 04-30-2013, 11:02 AM
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Mike, Email sent.

A beautiful gesture on your part. Please have a successful surgery, and speedy recovery for both of you.
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Old 04-30-2013, 11:24 AM
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Hi Mike,
I remember you telling me that you were going to donate a kidney to your friend.

I really think what you are doing is unbelievable! Good luck with the surgery and I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

All my best,

PS, I will write Mr. Selig about retiring Roberto Clemente's number 21.
Keep the faith!
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Old 04-30-2013, 01:08 PM
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Hi Mike, great courage and inspiration!! Way to step up to the plate! Best wishes to you and the recipient!!
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Old 04-30-2013, 06:46 PM
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Way to go Mike!
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Old 04-30-2013, 07:27 PM
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My high school era Spanish is now weak, but:
Sus acciones muestran el mundo lo que un gran corazón usted tiene.
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Old 05-01-2013, 12:55 AM
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I have read your posts and always thought that you seemed to be a good guy. I now know that you're a great guy. You should have your number retired!

My best wishes for a speedy recovery to you and your friend.

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Old 05-01-2013, 09:08 AM
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Thanks for the nice comments assistance with emails. I just completed tHe longest night of my life.
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