The weird thing about this piece is I dreamed about it last night--interviewing Jack McKeon, talked about doing a collection of such interviews with a co-worker this morning and then I pick up the USA Today and here is a piece on Jack McKeon...talk about vision.
From USATODAY.com - McKeon's divine outlook pays off:
"McKeon firmly believes he was put in this job 'to help these young guys, physically, mentally and spiritually to reach their potential.'
Pausing a moment, he adds, 'And I really believe they brought me back to be a messenger for senior citizens. I can't tell you the number of letters and calls and the people who've come up to me saying I gave them hope that they can contribute to society at an advanced age.'
McKeon goes to Mass every morning and, yes, he sometimes asks for help for his Marlins.
'I'll pray, 'Whatever's in your plan is OK with me, but if you can find a way ... see if this guy won't boot a ball for us once in awhile. We'll accept any help we can get, but if it's not to be, we'll understand,' ' he says with a laugh. 'Seriously, I have a strong belief in the power of prayer. That's the only reason I'm here today. Before I got this job, I said to the Good Lord, I'd like to have one more chance. I prayed for that for about a year, and out of the blue comes Jeffrey Loria, and here I am.' "