There’s something about that movie. It gets me every time.
I knew what was going to happen in the end. I knew Roy Hobbs was going to hit his dramatic three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to lift the New York Knights over Pittsburgh to win the pennant.
I’ve seen The Natural, the classic 1984 movie starring Robert Redford, many times. But the ending always gets to me.
I love how he comes through with the game on the line after striking out twice. I love how the action is shown in slow motion. The bat hitting the ball. Then the ball shattering the stadium lights and causing a crescendo of sparks as Hobbs slowly trots around the bases. The heroic music playing as he’s congratulated by his giddy teammates.
Here I am wiping away tears again. I knew what was going to happen. But there’s something about stepping up to the plate after failing and delivering the game-winning blow.
There’s a lesson for us all. Never giving up and winning in the end.