Josh Hamilton's "Homecoming."
last report I sent out was 2,554 words, yesterday morning. It wasn’t until 1,863 words in that I mentioned
to you that the first episode of ESPN’s new series, “Homecoming with Rick
Reilly,” would air tonight at 7 p.m., featuring Josh Hamilton.
didn’t know the format of the series or the nature of the story they were going
to tell, and I’m sorry that I didn’t learn more about it in advance so I could
pass that along to you. I didn’t even
know it was actually going to be on ESPN*2*,
and I’m sorry about that, too. More than
anything, it shouldn’t have been buried 1,800 words into a report that probably
got deleted halfway through by those of you who managed to stick it out for
that long, and I apologize for that.
don’t know when tonight’s episode of “Homecoming” will re-air, if at all, but I’m
not deleting that DVR timer, and every time it does show back up, I will watch
read Josh’s book, and probably every article out there that’s been written about
him. But I learned a lot more tonight,
and got the chance to put faces and voices and stories to names.
person’s absence from the packed auditorium at Josh’s high school for the
taping of the show stood out. His wife
and one of their daughters were there, and so was their pastor, and Josh’s parents
and more family, high school teammates and coaches and Ashley Pittman, and Johnny
Narron and Jerry Narron and other instrumental people in his recovery, and
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, and Clay Council.
Josh’s grandmother Mary Holt wasn’t there, and since the show was filmed minutes
from where she lives that makes me less than optimistic that we might see her
one day in Arlington. The footage of Mary and Josh sitting together
on a couch in her home, talking about what they went through together, was
unforgettable, but she wasn’t in the auditorium with everyone else.
22 years the Rangers have had a “Texas Hero” throw out the first pitch on
Opening Day at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. There have been police officers and
firefighters who have saved lives. A
World War II pilot who received the Bronze and Silver Stars and two Purple Hearts. A 10-year-old boy who pulled his unconscious
sister from the bottom of a swimming pool.
Tom Landry and Jessica McClure and military leaders and an entire
not from Texas,
but if there were any way to get Mary Holt onto that mound to bring in the next
new baseball season, I promise that I will respond with the longest standing
ovation I have ever given anybody, anywhere.
I didn’t alert you to the “Homecoming” episode any more prominently than I did
on Thursday morning, but I had no idea what we’d be getting. When I learn when it will air again, I will
let all of you know, in its own email, not buried a million words down.