What a night at Dickey-Stephens

It's not often in this business, you see veteran reporters get teary-eyed at a sporting event.

That happened Tuesday night when baseball teams from two storm-ravaged communities, Mayflower and Vilonia, played at Dickey-Stephens Park, home of the Arkansas Travelers.

The official attendance was 8,014, although no one would have argued with 10,000. Usually, these high school players play before 50 or 100 folks.

From beginning to end, with each team receiving a standing ovation (even from the opposing crowd to a joint choir singing the National Anthem), it was moving.

Incredible experience, many of my colleagues reflected. It's the kind of event most of us like to cover. It's not work.

The high school players, who have been through so much (some facing life and death) had a chance to play in a professional park in a bigtime atmosphere.

From the reporters I talked to who have been the field reporting the effects of the devastation, the common term they used for the people of both communities is amazing.

In a often-cynical where we witness a lot of the bad and the ugly, the resolve, pride and class of the victims have inspired many.

 

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