A short memoir by Lewis about his high school baseball coach whose intimidation, intensity, and belief in him changed his life. Coach Fitz, a New Orleans legend amongst teenage boys, gave the ball to Lewis to pitch his way out of a jam, once the star pitcher was ejected. The effect of Fitz’s talk on the mound was to inspire confidence in Lewis, to say “there’s no one I’d rather have out here in this life-or-death situation” and Lewis believed in himself, believed this was his chance to show the world and himself what he was made out of. And he did it.
The essay is set against a backdrop of Fitz being harrassed by current day parents whose coddling of their children gets in the way of Fitz’s tough talk.
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