Passion: A Rock Star and a Baseball Player

Here is the score: Springsteen has passion

Passion: A Rock Star and a Baseball Player – Al Getler

On Monday, August 13, 2013 America’s favorite pastime lost one of its most devoted men. Johnny Pesky of Boston Red Sox fame died at age 92.

Johnny was a shortstop, a third baseman, a coach, a manager and a color commentator. Beginning in 1985 he became a beloved mentor to the Red Sox organization as a special instructor and assistant to the General Manager.

In September 2006 the Red Sox organization named the right field foul pole “Pesky’s Pole”. Two years later they retired the number 6 he wore as a player. That honor displays Johnny’s number on a round disk on an upper deck wall in right field next to Ted Williams’ number. Ted was Johnny’s former teammate.

On Tuesday, August 14, 2013, Bruce Springsteen stood in centerfield at Fenway Park. The Red Sox were in Baltimore leaving runners stranded on bases and losing to the Orioles.

Springsteen and his E Street band were at Fenway for their first night of two sold-out concerts. Bruce and the band did an amazing job of rocking Fenway ending with The Beatles’ “Twist and Shout” and fireworks. The crowd loved every second.

The concert lasted almost 4 hours. Springsteen never left the stage.

Passion Regardless of Age

Here is the thing about passion.

Over time, I have encountered “senior citizens” with the passion of twenty-year-olds.

In turn, I have encountered young people with dispositions associated with crotchety, old people.

And then I have met plenty of people who seem to fit their given station in life: passionate young people and crotchety old people.

The secret of life seems to be to retain passion throughout life and never reach the crotchety stage whether you are 22 or 92.

Passion: A Rock Star and a Baseball Player

Johnny Pesky never lost his passion for baseball. He suited up for every game and waved to the crowd seemingly no matter how old or achy his body became. The fans adored his passion right up until the end.

Bruce Springsteen never left the stage. At age 62, he never stopped moving. He pulled off athletic moves of a man one-third of his age. He performed with the passion rock and roll was made to exude.

Towards the end of the show he and Steven Van Zandt even had some fun mocking Springsteen’s energy as he pretended to be exhausted, laying on the stage. Van Zandt doused him by wringing a sponge over his horizontal body and bringing his passion back to life. The scene was over-dramatized and very funny.

Passion: The Secret to Life Indeed

Passion comes in many forms.

It might be photography, it could be stamp collecting, perhaps it is knitting or collecting pocket watches. It might be running, biking, kayaking or just walking your dog. Maybe it is writing, painting or playing music.

Perhaps your work is your passion.

I have a shelf in my bookcase dedicated to one of my heroes who made his passion his work. Jim Henson died way too young with a lot of passion yet to share. But you might be a passionate accountant and that is just as cool.

Reader, it doesn’t matter if you consider yourself young, middle-aged or old; have passion for something.

Passion is life-blood. Passion is a reason to wake up in the morning. Passion is food.

Passion: A Rock Star and a Baseball Player Converge

When the sun set and the lights were off at Fenway Park, one light illuminated Pesky pole and another lit the round number 6 draped with a black wreath.

The passionate man of rock and roll then paid tribute to the passionate man of baseball.

Goosebumps formed on my arms. I held my wife close. Nancy sweetly blew a kiss to the number 6 and mouthed a farewell to Johnny.

Passion filled the ball park.

What is your passion? How do you express your passion each day?

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Al Getler is a newspaper, website, book and magazine publisher. He is also a comedian/ventriloquist and a speaker on leadership, customer service and personal branding.

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