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For today at least, I'll be an A's fan...

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by TigerVols, Jul 25, 2006.

  1. TigerVols

    TigerVols Well-Known Member

    From TJ's column today. Of course, this takes very little effort on the part of Jason Kendall, but still....

    JAKE FIELD is 10, and lives in L.A. with his family, including his father, George, a supervisor for the Department of Homeland Security. Jake has been a big-time fan of the A's, and a catcher, just like Oakland's Jason Kendall.

    In October, Jake began treatment for brain cancer. When he requested a Kendall jersey, Kendall showed up at the youngster's L.A. home with it.

    "It was the first time Jake laughed and smiled since this whole episode began," George said. "Kendall sat with Jake for more than an hour talking baseball and asking for advice on how to throw out runners."

    Things haven't gone well for Jake recently, the cancer spreading and eliminating surgical options. The family recently decided to dedicate themselves to Jake's quality of life, and cease further curative care.

    When the A's were made aware of this, they immediately reacted and invited Jake to join them for Monday's game in Oakland.

    The family arrived Sunday, and "Jason called Jake at the hotel and said we could use his suite for the game and Jake could eat whatever he wanted and not pay," George said. "Jake got real excited about that.

    "Jason told him all the players would be waiting for him on the field, and then he told me to cancel our airplane reservations because he was chartering a private jet to take us home.

    "It's overwhelming," George said. "You see how people step up to do the right thing, and even go the extra step and for someone they didn't even know. For Jake, it's just a dream come true."
  2. leo1

    leo1 Active Member

    espn will be all over this.
  3. beefncheddar

    beefncheddar Guest

    Paging Chris Connelly.
  4. KYSportsWriter

    KYSportsWriter Well-Known Member

    Stay the fuck away from this story, Chris.
  5. beefncheddar

    beefncheddar Guest

    Considering these stories are all he does, I'd say the odds of that are pretty poor.
  6. Claws for Concern

    Claws for Concern Active Member

    Nice story, but yeah, Connelly, stay away!
  7. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    Classic. Can't wait for the exchange.

    Chris voiceover: "Jake's parents wept with joy when they heard from Kendall."


    Chris: "How did you react when you heard from Kendall?"
    Jake's dad: "We wept with joy."
  8. Cousin Jeffrey

    Cousin Jeffrey Active Member

    Watch out Jake, Tom Rinaldi's coming. And he's got J Mac and Dakoda Dowd sitting shotgun.
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