Babe Ruth hit 714 home runs during his baseball career.  However, on one particular day toward the end of his career when the Braves were playing the Reds in Cincinnati, the great Bambino was no hero.  He fumbled the ball and threw badly.  In one inning alone, his errors were responsible for most of the runs scored by Cincinnati.

As Babe Ruth walked off the field and headed toward the dugout after the third out, a crescendo of angry cries and boos rose to greet him.  Then, a boy jumped over the railing and ran out onto the field.  With tears streaming down his face, he threw his arms around the legs of his hero.

Babe Ruth didn’t hesitate for a second.  He picked up the boy, hugged him then set him down and patted his head.  The cries from the stands abruptly stopped.  A hush fell over the entire park.  In that brief moment, the fans saw two heroes on the field:  Babe Ruth, who in spite of his own dismal day in fielding, cared about the feelings of a young fan; and a small boy who cared about the feelings of another human being.

Be a friend who walks in when the world walks out.

Karen Mulder

Karen Mulder

Karen Mulder is the founder of the Wisdom of the Wounded ministry. She lives in Holland, Michigan with her husband Larry.