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Field of Dreams Moment
2007-09-07 05:54
by Alex Belth
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Joba Chamberlian's father, Harlan, will be travelling from his home in Lincoln, Nebraska to Kansas City this weekend to see his son. According to the New York Post:

Harlan always believed in his son but even he is surprised by Joba's meteoric rise in the Yankee bullpen. "It's more astonishing than anything," he said. "It's beyond my wildest imagination. And as a father, I just want to reach out to my son and touch him.

"I just want to hold him for a few minutes. I'm more anxious to see my son right now than anything else. If he pitches, that's frosting on the cake."

Harlan has lived with polio since he was nine-years old.

2007-09-07 06:44:46
1.   pistolpete
Considering it's KC, he might not see him that much. Great story all the same, though. :)
2007-09-07 07:40:11
2.   Chyll Will
My Uncle Woodrow, whom I'm really close with, has had polio since he was a child, so seeing Harlan in any capacity would be bittersweet.
2007-09-07 08:03:24
3.   Sliced Bread
It takes a lot to bring a tear to my eye, but these kinda stories do the trick.
One of the Joba profiles I recently read mentioned that he grew up without a mom, and that he and his dad had to share a bed.
Son done made his papa proud, and he's only just getting started.
2007-09-07 09:40:08
4.   Count Zero
Homespun wisdom.

Those two make quite a team -- methinks they don't need an agent or a PR person. ^_^

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