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notgillcup
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Why do people feel the need to forward this crap? Here's a reglugitation third (at least) generation. I couldn't bring myself to read in detail any of the three versions, but I did skim them and found the differences interesting.

Original - main site's entry. In this version, the child is named Shaya. The glurge that is quoted refers to the Chush school, but gives little detail about the school and doesn't really give any background details about the events or the characters. In the snopes entry, Barbara explains that the glurge is from a chicken-soup-for-the-soul sort of book and provides a link. The story in the link provides the ethnic and religous details that are absent from the glurge. The glurge is not word-for-word from the story, but it is pretty close with respect to the "plot" (as far as I could tell from my quick read).

Reglurgitation posted in this forum a couple of years ago. In this version, Shaya becomes Shay (much more WASP-y, don't you think?) The glurge now has added at the end the obgligitory turn-your-arminess to forward this crud along.

I just received the following version in my inbox today:

quote:
What would you do? You make the choice! Don't look for a punch line;
There
isn't one! Read it anyway. My question to you is: Would you have made
the same choice?

At a fundraising dinner for a school that serves learning disabled
children,the father of one of the students delivered a speech that would
never be forgotten by all who attended. After extolling the school and its
dedicated staff, he offered a question:

"When not interfered with by outside influences, everything nature does is
done with perfection. Yet my son, Shay, cannot learn things as other
children do. He cannot understand things as other children do. Where is
the natural order of things in my son?"

The audience was stilled by the query.

The father continued. "I believe,that when a child like Shay, physically
and mentally handicapped comes into the world, an opportunity to realize
true human nature presents itself, and it comes, in the way other people
treat that child."Then he told the following story:

Shay and his father had walked past a park where some boys Shay knew were
playing baseball. Shay asked,"Do you think they'll let me play?" Shay's
father knew that most of the boys would not want someone like Shay on
their team, but the father also understood that if his son were allowed to
play, it would give him a much-needed sense of belonging and some
confidence to be accepted by others in spite of his handicaps.

Shay's father approached one of the boys on the field and asked if Shay
could play, not expecting much. The boy looked around for guidance and
said, "We're losing by six runs and the game is in the eighth inning. I
guess he can be on our team and we'll try to put him in to bat in the
ninth inning."

Shay struggled over to the team's bench put on a team shirt with a broad
smile and his Father had a small tear in his eye and warmth in his heart.
The boys saw the father's joy at his son being accepted. In the bottom of
the eighth inning, Shay's team scored a few runs but was still behind by
three. In the top of the ninth inning, Shay put on a glove and played in
the right field. Even though no hits came his way, he was obviously
ecstatic just to be in the game and on the field, grinning from ear to ear
as his father waved to him from the stands. In the bottom of the ninth
inning, Shay's team scored again. Now, with two outs and the bases
loaded, the potential winning run was on base and Shay was scheduled to be
next at bat.

At this juncture, do they let Shay bat and give away their chance to
win the game? Surprisingly, Shay was given the bat. Everyone knew that a
hit was all but impossible 'cause Shay didn't even know how to hold the bat
properly, much less connect with the ball.

However, as Shay stepped up to the plate, the pitcher, recognizing the
other team putting winning aside for this moment in Shay's life, moved
in a few steps to lob the ball in softly so Shay could at least be able to
make contact. The first pitch came and Shay swung clumsily and missed.


The pitcher again took a few steps forward to toss the ball softly towards
Shay. As the pitch came in, Shay swung at the ball and hit a slow
ground ball right back to the pitcher.

The game would now be over, but the pitcher picked up the soft grounder
and could have easily thrown the ball to the first baseman. Shay would
have been out and that would have been the end of the game.

Instead, the pitcher threw the ball right over the head of the first
baseman, out of reach of all team mates. Everyone from the stands and
both teams started yelling, "Shay, run to first! Run to first!" Never in his
life had Shay ever ran that far but made it to first base. He scampered
down the baseline, wide-eyed and startled.

Everyone yelled, "Run to second, run to second!" Catching his breath, Shay
awkwardly ran towards second, gleaming and struggling to make it to second
base. By the time Shay rounded towards second base, the right fielder had
the ball, the smallest guy on their team, who had a chance to be the hero
for his team for the first time.

He could have thrown the ball to the second-baseman for the tag, but he
understood the pitcher's intentions and he too intentionally threw the
ball high and far over the third-baseman's head. Shay ran toward third
base deliriously as the runners ahead of him circled the bases toward
home.

All were screaming, "Shay, Shay, Shay, all the Way Shay"

Shay reached third base, the opposing shortstop ran to help him and
turned him in the direction of third base, and shouted, "Run to third! Shay,
run to third" As Shay rounded third, the boys from both teams and those
watching were on their feet were screaming, "Shay, run home! Shay ran
to home, stepped on the plate, and was cheered as the hero who hit the
"grand slam" and won the game for his team.

That day, said the father softly with tears now rolling down his face,
the boys from both teams helped bring a piece of true love and humanity
into this world.

Shay didn't make it to another summer and died that winter, having
Never forgotten being the hero and making his Father so happy and coming
home and seeing his Mother tearfully embrace her little hero of the day!

AND, NOW A LITTLE FOOTNOTE TO THIS STORY: We all send thousands of
jokes through the e-mail without a second thought, but when it comes to
sending messages about life choices, people think twice about sharing. The
crude, vulgar, and often obscene pass freely through cyberspace, but public
discussion about decency is too often suppressed in our schools and
workplaces.

If you're thinking about forwarding this message,chances are that
you're probably sorting out the people on your address list that aren't the
"appropriate" ones to receive this type of message. Well, the person
who sent you this believes that we all can make a difference. We all have
thousands of opportunities every single day to help realize the
"natural order of things." So many seemingly trivial interactions between
two people present us with a choice: Do we pass along a little spark of
love and humanity or do we pass up that opportunity to brighten the day of
those with us the least able, and leave the world a little bit colder
in the process?

A wise man once said every society is judged by how it treats it's
Least fortunate amongst them.

You now have two choices:
1. Delete
2. Forward
May your day, be a Shay Day, sunny today tomorrow & always!

1. The "footnote" has grown significantly. Why can't these glurge writers & forwarders shut up? 2. They had to add "All the way, Shay" ::groan::. 3. And they killed the poor guy off!

Why, oh why, does anyone think forwarding this stuff will accomplish anything? I.just.don't.get.it.

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Amigone201
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quote:
Originally posted by notgillcup:
Shay and his father had walked past a park where some boys Shay knew were
playing baseball. Shay asked,"Do you think they'll let me play?"

I doubt it, since they're already in the middle of a game. But, when I first thought this was just a friendly game involving some boys and their own baseball equipment, I figured there was a slight chance.

quote:
Shay struggled over to the team's bench put on a team shirt
And then I realized just how ridiculous this glurge is. Since when do organized leagues accept some random kid in mid-game?

quote:
However, as Shay stepped up to the plate, the pitcher, recognizing the
other team putting winning aside for this moment in Shay's life, moved
in a few steps to lob the ball in softly so Shay could at least be able to
make contact...The pitcher again took a few steps forward to toss the ball softly towards
Shay...Instead, the pitcher threw the ball right over the head of the first
baseman, out of reach of all team mates.

I'm sure his team was thrilled.
quote:
the right fielder had
the ball, the smallest guy on their team, who had a chance to be the hero
for his team for the first time. He could have thrown the ball to the second-baseman for the tag, but he
understood the pitcher's intentions and he too intentionally threw the
ball high and far over the third-baseman's head.

It sure is nice of this ENTIRE TEAM to telepathically agree to throw the game so that some random kid who showed up on the other team mid-game can enjoy winning.
quote:
We all send thousands of
jokes through the e-mail without a second thought, but when it comes to
sending messages about life choices, people think twice about sharing.

Probably cuz no one wants to read it.

quote:
The crude, vulgar, and often obscene pass freely through cyberspace, but public
discussion about decency is too often suppressed in our schools and workplaces.

It so is! I remember just the other day when I was trying to have a G-rated discussion about how to treat people the right way, and my boss pulled me aside and said "I don't like to hear that kind of stuff in this office. If it's not about sex or bodily functions, save it for the privacy of your own home."

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Towknie
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And the tiny right fielder who had the chance to win the game grew up to be the mighty Casey of Mudville. He came up to bat, and saw the sheer joy of being in the came in the pitcher's eyes, so he swung mightily three times to again sacrifice his team's victory and the joy of Mudville for the good of humanity.

I read this story again, and when Shay comes to bat, the bases are loaded, and the team is down by two runs. Just by virtue of the pitcher throwing the ball over the first baseman's head, the runners on second and third would have scored, thus tying the game. The right fielder's throw would have allowed the third baserunner to score, this winning the game, and Shay would get to hang out at third base with no need to run for home.

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FireSpook
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quote:
Originally posted by Amigone201:
[QUOTE]Originally posted by notgillcup:
[qb] "I don't like to hear that kind of stuff in this office. If it's not about sex or bodily functions, save it for the privacy of your own home."

Can I have that for my siggy?

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notgillcup
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quote:
Originally posted by Amigone201:
quote:

The crude, vulgar, and often obscene pass freely through cyberspace, but public
discussion about decency is too often suppressed in our schools and workplaces.

It so is! I remember just the other day when I was trying to have a G-rated discussion about how to treat people the right way, and my boss pulled me aside and said "I don't like to hear that kind of stuff in this office. If it's not about sex or bodily functions, save it for the privacy of your own home."
[lol]

You know, I find this stuff so putrid that it is hard for me to read it carefully, so I missed the full force of that little bit. What a load of bull hockey! Oh, yes, "decent" conversation is sooo surpressed. [Roll Eyes] Give me a break.

I think that's what bothers me the most about glurge -- the sort of re-writing of reality to portray the world as some horrible place that it's not, and that we all need to forward this sappy crappy stuff (nevermind if it is true or accurate or makes any sense) to everyone in our address book, everything would be peachy. [Mad]

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GenYus
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quote:
Shay reached third base, the opposing shortstop ran to help him and turned him in the direction of third base, and shouted, "Run to third! Shay, run to third" As Shay rounded third, the boys from both teams and those watching were on their feet were screaming, "Shay, run home! Shay ran to home, stepped on the plate, and was cheered as the hero who hit the "grand slam" and won the game for his team.
And then the runners who had "scored" went back on their bases, the score was reset back to what it had been before Shay's at-bat, and the Make-A-Wish organizer thanked everyone for their support.

The Moral: It is better to trick the learning disabled into thinking they can do things like non-disabled kids than to teach them to live with their limitations.

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Dr. Dave
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If they are going to write glurge, at least get some details right:

1. The "home" team, batting in the bottom of the ninth, was down by two runs with the bases loaded. As soon as the third runner crossed the plate, the game would have been over, as long as the batter had already safely reached first. [Note: Only in an "out of the park" situation would the homerun have scored. He would have had a triple at best, but pelase see point 2.] (Townkie points this run discrepency out, though the runners would not have automatically advanced unless the ball went out of play. If it had gone out of play, then bases would have been awarded and the play would have been over. Shay would have been standing on second in a tied game.)

2. Regardless, it would not have been a home run or a tripple. It would have been recorded as an E-1 (error on pitcher), then an E-9. None of the RBI would have counted. Sorry Shay.

And I fully agree- What's with the damn footnote that's as long as the original glurge? Why not just write "Forward this to everyone you know! If not you are a sorry sack of NFBSK and I want nothing to do with you!"

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Amigone201
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quote:
Originally posted by Firestorm:
quote:
Originally posted by Amigone201:
"I don't like to hear that kind of stuff in this office. If it's not about sex or bodily functions, save it for the privacy of your own home."

Can I have that for my siggy?
Absolutely. I'm getting pretty good at those! [Smile]

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Very well said.
quote:
Originally posted by notgillcup o' soup:
I think that's what bothers me the most about glurge -- the sort of re-writing of reality to portray the world as some horrible place that it's not,



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quote:
Originally posted by Beastly Despot:
Very well said.
quote:
Originally posted by notgillcup o' soup:
I think that's what bothers me the most about glurge -- the sort of re-writing of reality to portray the world as some horrible place that it's not,


Wikipedia sums it up better than I ever could.

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This glurge would have been a lot better if there had been only one out, and Shay had hit an infield fly ball. He'd be out according to the infield fly rule. Imagine dad trying to explain that one!

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This is just another reason for me to hate baseball.

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You now have two three choices:
1. Delete
2. Forward
3. Make like Mount St. Helens a.k.a. "spew 'lava'".

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