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Robert Miller
THIS WILL BE THE 17TH SEASON FOR ME THIS YEAR, AND I WANT TO SAY THAT THESE YEARS HAVE BEEN MOST FUN. THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE HDL WAS ESTABLISHED BEFORE I CAME AND SHALL BE THERE LONG AFTER I AND MANY OTHERS HANG UP THE CLEATS. THE HDL EXPERIENCE MEANS MANY THINGS FOR MANY PEOPLE, THE MAIN DEAL FOR ALL OF US IS THE LOVE FOR THE GAME, AS WELL AS PLAYING THE GAME. DURING MANY OF THE YEARS THAT I HAVE PLAYED WITH THE HDL, I HAVE ALSO HAD MANY OPPORTUNITIES TO PLAY FOR OTHERS. SOME OF WHICH I HAVE PLAYED WITH, AND OTHERS I HAVE NOT. THE KEY IS BALANCE. FOR SEVERAL YEARS, THROUGH MY 40TH BIRTHDAY I CAUGHT FOR A COUPLE OF B LEAGUE TEAMS, IN WHICH I PLAYED SEVERAL SUNDAY GAMES. OF COURSE THE FIRST AND PRIMARY GAME WAS THE HDL. NEVER DID I NOT GIVE THE HDL 100 % EFFORT WHETHER I HAD A SECOND GAME THAT DAY OR NOT. AND TODAY, I HAVE A HARD TIME BELIEVING THAT SOME HDL PLAYERS ON THE ROSTERS WOULD GIVE LESS THAT 100% TO THEIR HDL GAME. ALL WE'RE ASKING IS ---IF U WANT TO PLAY IN THE HDL---COME ON AND PLAY---JUST GIVE 100%--IF U COME TO PLAY-STAY-PLAY THE GAME AND IF YOU MUST LEAVE TO GO PLAY ANOTHER GAME--GO AHEAD. I THINK THAT ANYONE SHOULD UNDERSTAND THAT, IF YOU SHOW UP TO PLAY--THEN PLAY, GIVE ALL OF YOUR EFFORTS, NOT A PART-TIME EFFORT.
THERE HAVE BEEN SOME COMMENTS IN REFERENCE TO THE GOLF OR BOWLING ALLEY MEETINGS OR DISCUSSIONS: TO THAT I SAY-IT'S NOT A CLIQUE--BY USING THOSE TIMES TO TALK ABOUT THE HDL- IS JUST TIME MANAGEMENT. IN OUR OWN WAYS, WE USE WHATEVER TIME AVAILABLE BETWEEN OUR SCHEDULES TO TALK ABOUT THE WELLFARE OF OUR LEAGUE. FORTUNATELY, THOSE TIMES HAVE BEEN MOST PRODUCTIVE TO DEALING WITH THE MANY DETAILS THAT RESULT REGARDING THE HDL---OUR BASEBALL FRATERNITY-IF U WILL.
THE OFFICERS DO WHAT THEY HAVE TO DO, WHENEVER THEY HAVE TIME TO DO IT, FOR THE BEST OF THE HDL. AND WHETHER U KNOW IT OR NOT, WE DO HAVE THE BEST IN MIND FOR THE HDL, FOR YOU - FOR US - AND FOR THE FUTURE OF THE HDL.
WE ARE ALL BROTHERS-SOME INTERMINGLE AND SOME DO NOT. AND WHETHER WE PARTY TOGETHER OR NOT, WHEN WE COME OUT ONTO THAT FIELD TOGETHER, WE ARE BROTHERS. IN THAT REGARD, WE MUST THINK IN THOSE TERMS, OR WE ARE NOT SERVING OUR BROTHERS FAIRLY. I STILL BELIEVE, WHETHER U PLAY WITH THE HDL OR NOT, YOU STILL HAVE TIES HERE AND YOU STILL THINK OF US AND THE OPPOSITE IS ALSO TRUE. SOMETIMES PEOPLE MUST DO WHAT THEY HAVE TO DO, AND THAT'S A GOOD THING TO HAVE CHOICES.
IN CLOSING, I WANT EVERYONE TO KNOW THAT GIVING 100% TO THE HDL IS WHAT COUNTS. IT COUNTS FOR ALL OF THE BROTHERS THAT COME OUT AND PLAY EVERY SUNDAY AS WELL AS THOSE THAT CANNOT. FOR ONE REASON OR ANOTHER , SOME OF US HAVE GOTTEN CONFUSED, LET'S NOT FORGET WHY WE HAVE ALWAYS PLAYED THIS GAME.
IT TAKES A TEAM TO WIN.
SINCERELY,
MILLER 15, V.P.