LADY AT THE BAT: Harlan Chamberlain's Big Night

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Harlan Chamberlain's Big Night

Joba and Harlan Chamberlain are two very blessed people:

Joba is blessed to have his father around to see him pitch in the Big Leagues.

Harlan is blessed to be around to see his son pitch in the Big Leagues.

A single parent, Harlan has suffered from polio since childhood. Last year his appendix burst. He is paralyzed on one side and gets around in a scooter. Life certainly has not been easy for him. Yet, he got the mother of all payoffs last night as he watched in tears while Joba took the mound in the bottom of the seventh inning in Kansas City, his first opportunity to see his son pitch live in a Major League game.

As I watched all of this unfold I blinked back some tears of my own, partly out of happiness for the Chamberlain Family, and partly from memories of my own parents, whose own health problems prevented them from being around to see me as an adult. Granted, they wouldn't be tearing up the way Harlan did upon seeing his son take the mound in a Major League stadium, but I'd like to think there would be smiles on the faces of William and Doris if they saw their daughter today.

The Lady

[Photo: Sleezer/AP]

1 comment:

Unknown said...

I read another longer entry on another blog by a sports writer about this...and was just confused. Your post was much clearer on what happened, and very touching also. Thanks.