And today Alex was the starting pitcher his team's first playoff game. He threw his maximum number of pitches and was taken out with the score tied 4-4. Because they lost the game he was feeling badly and walking to the parking lot with his head hung and the opposing coaches said something to him about how well he played and how glad they were when he was forced to retire. It made such a difference. Allan and I could have talked until we were blue in the face and it wouldn't have made much of a difference but a few words from a stranger can mean a lot.