"I remember in the beginning when everybody was like, ‘Hey are you going to move him down in the order?’ You just have to be patient with good players, and it’s paying off in huge dividends. He’s not just getting hits. He’s getting big hits and driving the ball out of the ballpark. He’s running the bases. He’s doing everything."-Terry Francona, on Jason Kipnis’ hard work at the plate (via gotribe)
"You saw what it can do right there. I think Stubby stole a nice base. And then Bourny, he’s just got to put it in play past the pitcher, and he’s pretty much safe. Right there, it shows why speed kills sometimes and speed never slumps."-Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis, on Drew Stubbs’ stolen base and Michael Bourn’s infield single, which set up Kipnis’ game-winning, two-out home run in the 10th inning of Friday’s 6-3 walk-off win (via gotribe)
8-years ago, CHP Officer Kevin Briggs talked this young man out of jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge.
That young man’s name is Kevin Berthia.
Today he is 30 years old and married with 2 children.
This week he presented Officer Briggs with an award on behalf of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
The story of how Officer Briggs talked Kevin down is remarkable.
As you can see in the picture, Kevin is literally one step away from jumping to his death. But for more than hour, the officer listened to Kevin pour his heart out about his troubles and told him, “I know you think things are bad, but they can get better.”
Kevin says, “Officer Briggs never made me feel guilty for the situation I was in. He made feel like, I understand why you are here, but there are alternatives”
Kevin is just one of countless lives Briggs has saved over his 23 year career.
Briggs, who was promoted to Sergeant five years ago, is humble about what he does. He says, ”they make the decision, when they step back over that rail it takes a tremendous amount of courage”
I salute Sergeant Briggs!
Photo: The San Francisco Chronicle, John Storey
A little more of my faith in humanity just got restored.
"Cakes have gotten a bad rap. People equate virtue with turning down dessert. There is always one person at the table who holds up her hand when I serve the cake. No, really, I couldn’t she says, and then gives her flat stomach a conspiratorial little pat. Everyone who is pressing a fork into that first tender layer looks at the person who declined the plate, and they all think, That person is better than I am. That person has discipline. But that isn’t a person with discipline; that is a person who has completely lost touch with joy. A slice of cake never made anybody fat. You don’t eat the whole cake. You don’t eat a cake every day of your life. You take the cake when it is offered because the cake is delicious. You have a slice of cake and what it reminds you of is someplace that’s safe, uncomplicated, without stress. A cake is a party, a birthday, a wedding. A cake is what’s served on the happiest days of your life. This is a story of how my life was saved by cake, so, of course, if sides are to be taken, I will always take the side of cake."-Jeanne Ray (via shetakesflight)