Homerun To Heaven
He Loved Baseball
Patrick walked to the plate. His eyes were piercing the pitcher, just knowing that he would throw him that perfect pitch. His dreams told him this would be the game; he would get that homerun.
The catcher made the sign. Patrick was a good batter; pitch inside. The pitch came, it was high. Patrick tried with all his might to dodge but the ball hit him in the back of the head. He fell.
There was concern and prayers being said at that moment for Patrick. Paramedics took Patrick off the field. The Waynesville team went to the lockerroom and Lebanon gathered their team in prayer for the young man.
Waynesville did what they knew Patrick would want. They painted # 27 on their faces and out they went to finish the game. They won the game that night by a score of 1-8. Yea, I said 1-8; they didn't win by the score, but by their strength to walk back out on the field; after all, their friend was in a coma in a hospital in Springfield.
This is a true story. It just happened here on April 21st. Lebanon was playing Waynesville, Missouri in baseball. Patrick played for Waynesville.
On Thursday, April 23rd, Patrick Clegg was declared brain dead. He was 16 years old.
It is a very sad time for people from both communities.
I made this hub in memorandum for Patrick. I will share a poem a fifth grade student wrote and a great video in memory of Patrick.
I pray for both Patrick's family and the boy who pitched the ball. I understand that Mr. Clegg had a talk with the pitcher and let him know that it was not his fault. Patrick is now playing baseball in heaven.
A Poem For Patrick
As the Pitcher Threw the Ball
Some say Patrick got the call
from Jesus saying "come with,"
for my kingdom you shall see.
As he lay in the hospital bed,
Some people moan and then some shed
the tears of sorrow
That life that couldn't have been borrowed.
As they try to keep him alive
They knew that he would not survive.
So they took him off Life support
He died from a simple sport.
So now we all cry
Because we will not deny
that Patrick Michael Clegg is dead
but to God's kingdom he is lead.
by Zachary Castro, 5th Grade, Freedom Elementary School
Patrick is also a hero in another way.
It is my understanding that he donated his organs. I commend all who donate organs. They are heroes and heroines in my book.
Thank you God for blessing all of us with Patrick and thank you Patrick for what you have done in your 16 years.