It's been a long time since I've posted on the HSBBW ... my apologies but I do want to share something special with the members of the HSBBW. This morning I made a trip from Jackson, TN to St. Louis, MO to pick up a new Jeep I had just purchased. I was going to ride with a "driver" to make a "dealer swap". This way I could spend the day reading the instruction book on the high tech electronics and see and ride in my new Jeep as it rolled off the parking lot for the first time.

Most "drivers" that make the dealer swaps are older retired men looking for a few $'s and something to do. My driver was no exception. His name was Lloyd, 76 years old with a flowing white beard. He explained he also played Santa Clause in the winter months. I'm sure he was a perfect Santa as he came across as a very caring individual. He and I chatted about the weather, politics, baseball, photography and our families. He explained he had a grandson that was a pretty good ball player that had played a year of minor league baseball with the Cincinnati organization. I too explained I too had a son that used to play baseball. The conversation continued as the miles slipped by... This gentleman was a treat to talk to. I asked about his children and his grandchildren. He went into depth as he described each one and the place each one occupied in his heart. After he described each one he paused and cautiously added: ..... "I also had a son that was killed throwing batting practice"..... It hit me like a ton of bricks! Yes, I spent the day with Mr. Lloyd Taylor, the father of Jeff Taylor, (HSBBW'S own "JT" that lost his life doing what he loved most after his family and God ... baseball.)

A special day for me and for Mr. Taylor. His final words to me will linger in my mind for many years .... "Thank you for the memories of Jeff"..

Fungo
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Very, very special. What an incredible and wonderful coincidence.

Also, great to see your post. I'm certain that I'm (very) far from alone when I tell you that I've missed your presence here.
Fungo, I don't post much anymore either, but this story deserved a login and a big "Incredible!" Absolutely a story that makes you wonder.....I loved it.
This is an absolutely amazing post. What a small world we live in. It comes as no surprise to me that Mr. Taylor was a great man to speak to, as JT was a great man as well.

Thank you for sharing Fungo. Your presence is certainly being felt, as is JT's.
That sent shivers up my body! Wow, what a small world! I remember that I was sharing Private Messages with JT when the awful accident occured.

Jeff Taylor maintains a special place in my heart, as does his son.
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Unbelievable story. Jeff was a personal friend of mine and I had previously met him and JT Jr. in Virginia at one of my son's college games. Thanks for posting. Still can't get over that Jeff has passed or the circumstances leading up to it.
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Wow, as soon as you said STL, it hit me, JT always told me his dad was a big Cardinal fan.

Great story, angels in heaven bring us together.
Double wow, I still miss Jeff and miss trading e-mails and baseball conversation. I had to get a new cell phone recently and the biggest issue was I couldn't save a voice mail that I had saved on that phone from Jeff received about 2 weeks before he died. He was hilarious, first being politically correct about being hopeful our sons' teams would do well, then he added, "Aw, to heck with the teams, as long as Jeff and Parker do well, we'll be all right anyway!"

If you followed the story, Mr. Taylor threw out the first pitch for Lynchburg College on a day honoring Jeff, from the spot where his son was standing when struck, and said he'd never throw another baseball. I can't even type that without getting choked up.



Nice story...and is the baseball world small or what?
Thanks for sharing Fungo. You made my day. What are the odds? If I didn't know better I might think it coincedental. Wink
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Well what can I, The Bride of JT, say to all that. thank you so much for keeping Jeff's memories alive. It's been almost 2 1/2 years and it still feels like yesterday. Trust me...Jeffrey and I miss him too. An update on Jeffrey is that he working on prequisites for getting into the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Lynchburg College. His fater would be so proud too. Jeffrey always looked at himself as a baseball player, but like his father he is a smart cookie too!. As for me I have taken up karate and have earned two belts so far. My current belt is Orange and I am working on the Green now. This keeps me focused!

Many Blessings to All, Mary Clare
This is Golden.

MC, thank you so much for the update. What a tribute to your family that your son is doing so well. And wow, just wow, on the karate.

Personally, I don't believe in coincidences. What a wonderful story to bring back some special people to the Forum.
Wow. Just WOW.

Count me in the "I don't believe in coincidences" camp.


Very, very cool.

Nice to see you here, Fungo. I miss you.
Wow is this a touching story. Fungo, thanks. BTW,if you get back in to these parts, I'd love to buy you lunch for the old days and all the classy posts.

Take care,

Darrell
I am Jeffrey Taylor's Dad and I want to thank all of the folks on this site that talked to him and gave him many hours of talking about his passion. He was a wonderful son and I miss him more each day. He called me the day of his accident and we talked and theh he told me that he was going to pitch batting practise and we closed our conversation as always. He said "I love you Dad" and I said "I love you Son"! I cherish that last time we had together and thanks again for your friendship to Jeff.
With the first post in a long time coming from Fungo, followed by the post from JT's wonderful bride, and now followed by one from JT's Very Proud Dad, this thread, for me is magical.
For some reason, I don't believe it was any coincidence that Fungo and Lloyd ended up together for that drive. I just don't. I certainly don't believe it is any coincidence that Fungo was/is a treasured member of this site and certainly one of its most remarkable of posters.
I often go back and read the Golden Thread started by justbaseball:"Can a cyber friend be as good as any friend." After reading the post from Lloyd, I just did it again.
The warmth, kindness, generosity and spirit which a very few, but especially including JT, generated for many, many others on this site radiates through those many, many comments.
Like most, my contact with JT was on this site, through PM's and by phone. His impact was considerable through his words, through his kindness, through his love of baseball, his love of life, and especially his love and support for his family.
The pride, kindness and love expressed by One Proud Dad and the bride of JT intermix with the words and spirit unique when Fungo posts: Something amazing going on here.
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Originally posted by A Proud Dad:
I am Jeffrey Taylor's Dad and I want to thank all of the folks on this site that talked to him and gave him many hours of talking about his passion. He was a wonderful son and I miss him more each day. He called me the day of his accident and we talked and theh he told me that he was going to pitch batting practise and we closed our conversation as always. He said "I love you Dad" and I said "I love you Son"! I cherish that last time we had together and thanks again for your friendship to Jeff.

Lloyd - you have every right to be proud and thanks for posting here. Although Jeff deeply loved baseball, he had other things he was passionate about as well. He was just about to receive his professorship at Liberty Univeristy (where I met him in person at one of my son's games) and he loved music. He and I both loved American Idol and both loved to post our thoughts here on who did good and what not. He always sent me pm's when my son had a good game and I did the same with him. He was at a game in North Carolina that was on Internet Video and I had him stand in front of the camera as we chatted on cell phones. He was a dear friend and I miss him indeed! Thanks for posting here and God Bless you and your family!
I can't believe I missed this thread the first time around. It is indeed magical... posts from longtime friends who have been absent for a while, thoughts about a dear friend (JT) who we miss sadly and remember fondly, a lovely note from his lovely bride, and even a Hello from JT's dad. I am in tears.

I hope no one minds if I designate this thread as "Golden".

Julie
I never had the pleasure of meeting JT but my son met JT Jr. at the Athletic Republic and he made quite an impression. Even though Jeffrey is several years older, he made my son feel welcome as they worked out together. We even attended a couple of Jeffrey's Legion games. He is a remarkable young man. I'm glad to hear he is doing well.
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special day for me and for Mr. Taylor. His final words to me will linger in my mind for many years .... "Thank you for the memories of Jeff"..



I have tears. What a special story. Thank you for sharing.

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