I walked down as near the ground as attainable Saturday evening to get one final image of Dickies Enviornment earlier than the finals started. Earlier than leaving, I took just a few transient moments to soak it in and admire the human moments that this occasion introduced us over two days. So lots of our high athletes had their goals shattered this weekend, some for the primary time and a few for the final. However via the tears and agony that confirmed on their faces, a lightweight shined via.
This gentle offered many moments the place we might see who these athletes actually are. Typically we as followers get caught up within the competitors and the tribal-like mentality of rooting for groups or golf equipment and we miss these moments as a result of they do not align with our fandom. One of many many examples of that is wrestlers who simply took powerful, heartbreaking losses who had been blissful to present out footage and autographs to any younger fan that was courageous sufficient to stroll to the sting of the aisle and ask. Others took numerous footage, shook fingers, and signed shirts and applications whereas within the stands with their households. These fortunate sufficient to attain footage and different prizes had been smiling large enough to gentle up the 14,000-seat enviornment on their very own.
One household sat proper in entrance of me throughout the consolations and inspired their younger son and daughter to go down and get as many autographs as attainable. Through the many journeys up and down the steps to get signatures, the younger man forgot his shirt and marker. To not miss a possibility, the younger man requested for Jason Nolf’s singlet. Jason did not even bat an eye fixed and shortly got here again with the uniform for the teenager. As soon as the singlet was in hand, he sprinted up the steps to excessive fives from his household and smiles throughout.
We noticed robust embraces between fierce rivals after goals had been realized. We had been witness to thunderous standing ovations for retiring athletes who had given it their all for the ultimate time. And we had been fortunate sufficient to see the appreciation of generational skills being pushed by the subsequent wave of American greats.
After this weekend, we are going to discuss wins and losses. We are going to discuss concerning the large strikes, unbelievable runs by underdogs, and numerous different unforgettable moments. We may even discuss controversy and guidelines till we’re blue within the face. In spite of everything that, I simply hope we do not neglect these human moments that make our sport so particular and distinctive.