Lion's Pride | The
LION'S PRIDE - THE HALL & WALL OF MIRACLES
is the corner where I shift gears and relate a story
of determination-of faith-where the story of a special
soul captures my attention. These true stories are
for your encouragement. They may be of children-youth-teens-or
adult stories-no limitations here!
My first story is about a Hispanic man by the name
of Tito Morales. Now THERES a baseball name if I EVER
heard one. I got to know Tito when our sons were on
the same baseball team about three years ago. An 8-9
yr old league. The year 2002. I had been asked to
help coach as the spring of this year was heating
up and had decided to take on a coaching position
with 13-14 year olds. The league needed help and I
being the baseball dad thought Ill get into this and
see what happens.
You sometimes make a decision in your life and you
never know what to make of it. My decision to coach
an older team left an opening on my sons team and
Tito had said hell take the job. I liked Tito from
the moment I met him and I remember telling the asst.
coach get him a red shirt! The coaches
wear red shirts and hats to distinguish each other
on the ball fields. Tito got his red shirt in short
That championship game Ill never forget as long as
I live-It was a real nailbiter and if youve gone to
childrens baseball games it gets very competitive.
The coaches do their jobs while the parents try to
rein in the support for junior & in some cases
missy if theres girls on the team-no matter-the kids
play to win and this game was shaping up! It went
down to the last inning with the team down 8-7-they
needed 1 run to tie and 2 to twin the game. Tito was
on 3rd base when the tying and winning runs crossed
Titos son & my son got their championship trophies
and I could see how proud Tito was of his son and
the accomplishments hed made-more importantly-for
one baseball blessed year-Tito spent that season on
the diamond with his son and they were both winners.
Im not just talking about winning at baseball-Im talking
about winning at life. Tito was an excellent baseball
player in his day-had traveled to different states
to play ball-he was good at it and brought his character
with him on the ballfield. He also took it with him
wherever he went.
In 1994 Tito had an event so devastating that it changed
his entire life. He was struck and run over by an
automobile-crushing both of his legs. Yes folks-now
you understand MY MANE MAN-as I call
him-Tito Morales-for one glorious summer-coached the
entire spring training and subsequent 3rd base season
of 2002 on the steel crutches that he pulled and pushed
every agonizing step of the way out to 3rd base.
You wonder why the team won that year-he (TITO) was
an INSPIRATION. The players knew it-the coaches knew
it and the fans knew it. He was and for me will always
be The Baseball Miracle of 2002. Tito has a handicap-but
hes never let it hold him back-he drives-he is a man
of great faith and I was impressed by a statement
one time that he left a picnic-because he needed to
get his children to a church play-they (his children)were
He has (handicap and all) offered to cut the lawns
for the players and has an affability about him-truly
infectious to behold.
I gave Tito a nickname-hes not just my MANE
MAN he is The Twin Towers- of this
baseball field. Anybody who knows me knows how serious
I am. In my write-ups to the organization regarding
Tito-I stated he has in the strength of his crutches-what
cannot be destroyed is his spirit! He has an indomitable
will about himself-and he will always be-my friend-a
man of character dignity-and respect.
He is a beacon of light to the Hispanic community
and much more. He and his son-will forever have the
memories of that incredible season. For his efforts-Tito
got a thanks-maybe a handshake-no awards-nothing-(even
after I wrote him up for one) from the organization
who for the most part-are good people-but blew an
incredible opportunity-to get to know this man better-and
praise his miraculous efforts-I didnt forget.
this reason, Tito Morales is my first recipient for
the Balkan Lion Hall & Wall of Miracles. Congratulations
Tito on a job well done. You will be an inspiration
to those who read your story. Autograph please.
second story is of a young woman by the name of Julie
Beasley who caught my eye back in 2002 interview by
Julies story starts as she was studying a research
paper for a course she was taking. She was in a field
by herself when a mentally ill gunman attacked her-shooting
her in the arm and leg leaving her for dead.. Somehow
Julie managed with all of her pain and shock-to crawl
several hundred yards to the road where she was later
found by a passing police officer.
Julie was initially given a 5% chance of survival.
Some 30 operations and more than a year later Julie
GRADUATES with honors from SHRIEVER UNIVERSITY and
the attacker with a history of alcohol and mental
illness-killed himself that day on or inside Julies
is an amazing story of determination-inspiration-faith
-encouragement and inner strength. Julie-you touched
our lives and mine with your story. Youve made a soul
imprint on our world and we have grown in our lives
because of you! Continued Blessings and healing to
you on your journey. With This Lions Approval!-WELCOME
as the 2ND recipient To The Hall And Wall Of
Miracles of THE BALKAN LION!