Montaous Walton, now 29 years old, says his story should be titled “The Dream Chaser” and in a sense, that would be right, but only almost. There are other titles one could choose, names given Montaous by others, like “The Fraud,” or “The Con Artist”—but those wouldn’t be quite right, either.
Many of us have known boys like Montaous, or even have been a boy like Montaous, a boy with a dream to play baseball. On some days we may even still be that boy, because even when our dreams fall short of glory, every once in a while our minds go back, because dreams don’t always die when careers do. Sometimes, no matter how grown up we have become, that little boy inside takes over. We let ourselves believe in the fantasy, where we get everything that we wanted as children.
We don’t do this because we don’t like our lives now—we’re not even unhappy. We do this because, before we cared about sex or romance, before we had to get real jobs, before the world got complicated, we just loved sports, and someone told us, “Follow your dreams.” Playing in the big leagues was something that promised to solve all problems, and satisfy every desire. The ultimate dream.
But at a certain point we stop chasing fairy tales. We’re responsible grown-ups. (Or we at least know to pretend to be.) We know that we’re supposed to know that if we did try again, it wouldn’t go well. Still, we secretly imagine that knowing what we know now, maybe we would have made it. Thus, the dream doesn’t forsake us—we forsake it. In this way, we keep the fantasy alive. Unreachable. Untarnished.
All of us, that is, except for Montaous Walton.
In pursuit of the dream he would not be stopped, could not be stopped—has not been stopped.
All Montaous Walton wanted, all he’s ever wanted, is to play baseball. It mattered not what fell in his path. In pursuit of the dream he would not be stopped, could not be stopped—has not been stopped. He sees himself as an example, and wants people to learn from his inspirational story. And people are learning from him, just not quite what Montaous thinks they are.
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