Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Mark Selvaka on the Mound

Mark Selvaka, who has cerebral palsy, made the varsity Manchester high school baseball team this year as a pitcher. Pitching scoreless innings, he now wears Jim Abbott's number 25.

Mark's interview brought to mind these words:

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

Pres. Theodore Roosevelt
Paris, France
23 Apr 1910

Congratulations to Mark on making the team and his great season.

A transcript of this video can be found here.


Suzy said...

Hey sis! This boy is great! I made sure to show Daniel how well he has succeeded , and that the SKY is the limit!! Thanks for sharing this....

Wheelie Catholic said...

What a work ethic this kid has, huh? I think the Phillies could use this kid as a pitcher right now!