“This is going back a few years, but I was coaching T-ball. We had a family from the Philippines that literally were only two or three months off the boat. They wanted their kids to do American things, so they signed their son Philip up for T-ball. Now the son was not very good, to be honest with you.
“About four or five games into the season, Philip is in the outfield. Since the kids are so small, the coaches are allowed to be out in the field with them. So I’m standing a few feet away from Philip, and all of the sudden there’s a pop fly, and it’s going right towards Philip. I’m looking at Philip, then looking at the ball sailing in the air towards him, then looking back at Philip, and I’m thinking, ‘This isn’t going to end well.’ But then Philip sticks his glove in the air, the ball lands in it, and stays. He made the catch. The entire team runs out to the middle of the outfield and tackles Philip. They’re hugging him, patting him on the back, and Philip’s parents are in the stands, and they’re crying. They are absolutely bawling their eyes out. It was just one of those moments you just had to be there.
“I ran into him three or four years ago and I said, ‘Are you Philip?’ And he said, ‘Oh my gosh, Coach Don!’ He’s getting ready to do an internship in a hospital out in California. The whole thing just makes me so happy, and I’m so happy for him.”