A Father’s Love

I found this deeply touching story in Buster Olney‘s profile of New York Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain in the 12/17/07 issue of ESPN The Magazine. If any one act could perfectly convey the love and devotion of a parent, this would be it.

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Joba Chamberlain and his father, Harlan

Credit for that humility goes to his father, Harlan, a man who has suffered the crippling effects of polio since childhood and who raised Joba on his own after he and the boy’s mother divorced. Quick story: Joba had left-knee surgery as a sophomore at Nebraska, and he spent his first hours of recovery sprawled out on the couch at their Omaha home. At 5:30 in the morning, Harlan hobbled into the living room on crutches and saw the bag of melting ice on his son’s swollen knee. “We need to change that,” he said. Then, taking the bag between his teeth, he labored slowly to the kitchen for a refill. At that moment, Joba understood the depth of his father’s love.

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6 Responses to “A Father’s Love”

  1. Catherine Nagle Says:

    Thank you Phil for this deeply touching story.

    It amazes me that the more personal we get to those who reach their highest achievements ;have all the ONE same thing in common “ALL HEART!” What a father’s love can do. God Bless Harlan!

    Happy father’s Day to You, too, Phil!:-)


  2. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Thank you, Catherine!

  3. Cesar Says:

    Happy fathers day Phil! It is truly the best job in the whole world.

  4. Phil Bolsta Says:

    I agree, Cesar! Thank you!

  5. Elli Harvey Says:

    Phil, you are the best at what you do. You make such a difference in this world. I hope you realize that you do. I am greatly blessed by being your friend.

  6. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Thank you so much for your kind words, Eli. It’s a very nice way to end the day!

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