“I want you all to think about that boy named Smalls. Was he a Benny Rodriguez? No. Could he ever be cool enough to have ‘The Jet’ as his nickname? OF COURSE NOT. Could He trash talk like Hamilton, The Babe, Porter? Not if he ate a strict diet of only garbage for a month beforehand.
But he showed up at that sandlot. He wore that stupidass looking trout hat, and he carried his plastic baby baseball glove, and when he couldn’t throw that ball, he ran it in to the pitcher. WHY? BECAUSE HE SUCKED, BUT HE WORKED AROUND IT SO HE COULD BE PART OF A TEAM. AND HE SHOWED UP EVERY DAY AND HE KEPT FUCKING SHIT UP BUT THAT NEVER STOPPED HIM. WHY? BECAUSE HE WANTED TO GET BETTER! HE WANTED TO BE A PART OF THE TEAM AND PULL HIS WEIGHT!
NOW ALL EIGHT SIT READY, THROW YOUR METAPHORICAL STUPIDASS TROUT HAT IN THE RIVER, AND ROW!”