In the recent baseball playoff series a key Dodger hitter, some think THE key Dodger hitter, was plunked in the ribs by a fastball causing a painful crack which kept that player from a full return to the line-up. In his first attempt to return though he did impact the game with some softer hitting than usual and contributed to one of their two victories. His mere presence was an inspiration to the other players, as it had been all season. I liken that early influence to that of an El Cid, the Spanish knight. Having been fatally wounded in a battle he was propped up in the saddle of his horse by other soldiers who knew they had no chance of a victory without his perceived presence. He could do precious little in the way of actually fighting, but that didnít matter. He eventually bled to death inside his armor but was still wheeled about in the smoke of battle by his trusty horse, and most of his men believed for the significant part of the battle that he was alive and leading them. Though that kind of moral support may not always carry the day in the end, and in this case it definitely didn't, it can go a long way to make the effort more valiant, and thus, more honorable.
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