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The Field of Dreams

Any baseball fans out there? I’m originally from New England, so I was trained to root for the Red Sox while still in the womb.

And that means I’m THRILLED that the baseball season kicks off tonight — and America’s past-time is back!

One of the players I’ll be keeping an eye on is Jamie Moyer, the 49-year-old pitcher for the Colorado Rockies. Moyer is scheduled to start his team’s second game of the season on Saturday, and if he wins, he’ll be the oldest player in MLB history to get a victory (although he’s not the oldest player to start a game…).

It’s not a gimme start, either. He beat a 22-year-old and a 28-year-old in a fight for the starting job. And while he doesn’t have the fastest pitch in the league, he has style, and the type of smarts that strike player after player out. And that’s what really counts.

Very Growing Bolder, no?

Well, Moyer isn’t alone in proving that in sports, it’s never too late. Take John Wilson. His story is straight out of Hollywood. It’s a story of personal redemption and hope for us all; a story of struggle and triumph played out in jails, hospitals and finally — on a baseball field.

Or Mike Flynt, who at the age of 59, tried out for and made the varsity football team at his old college, Sul Ross State University in Texas.

They’re uphill battles, to be sure, fraught with people telling you you can’t follow your dreams after a certain age. But these three athletes prove that when you believe in yourself, you never have to quit.

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