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When You Ask Me Why I Play?

May 7, 2008
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WHEN YOU ASK ME WHY I PLAY?

When you aks me why I play, I'll tell you.
I play because I love to.
I play because this girl beside me plays too.
I play for my coach and my teammates.
I play because I've never known better.
I play for the name on my front and I do it with class.
I never forget to play for the name on my back, and I do it with pride.
I play because one day my brother tossed me a ball.

When you ask me why I play, I'll tell you.
I play because I can.
I play because there are people who can't, and why not?
I play for my mom who used to play too, and I play for dad who sees himself in me.
I play because it's easy, natural, and fun.
I play because someone is watching.
Someone that has never played before,
And one day they'll play too, even if only in their dreams.

When you ask me why I play, I'll tell you.
I play because every time I step on the diamond there is a chance;
The chance to win,
The chance to push someone to a new level.
A chance to show someone something they've never seen before.
And maybe that someone is a little girl
Or someone's mother or grandmother.
I play because there is a spark;
A spark within each of us that is only lit by play.
I play because that spark is magical.
And that magic is worth it;
The hours, the bruises, the time.

When you ask me why I play, I'll tell you.
I play because I just got here
And because I am leaving soon
And because you grow old when you don't.
I play because no one else plays like me;
Not the girl across the road, behind me in class, or the ones I look up to.
No one plays the same.
Class, pride, front of my shirt and back,
Little girl, mother, grandmother,
Magic, dreams - that's why I play.
No matter who I become I'll never forget to play.
 

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