Chapter 6

Fire Hard Kid!

 

You can't teach people to be winners if they want to be whiners. Some things are innate. Simply do what you love and you will be positive. It's almost impossible not to be.

—LISA MARZULLO, CHICAGO

 

Come on Shooter, fire hard, kid,” Mr. Sam used to bark as he encouraged his pitcher to strike out the opposing team's batter. “Come on son, fire hard!”

Mr. Sam's bellowing shouts of “fire hard, kid” could probably be heard for miles, all the way from West Philly to North Philly. This powerful phrase became the team's rallying cry whenever we wanted our pitcher to throw strikes. You could hear it from the players on the field. You could hear it from the guys on the bench. You could even hear it from the parents ...

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