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To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,—
One clover, and a bee,
And revery.
The revery alone will do,
If bees are few.
—Emily Dickinson

The hero, no. 21, is named Paul Householder. This is the only known time that Paul Householder has appeared on the internet. 


When someone cries so hard that it hurts their throat, it is out of frustration or knowing that no matter what you can do or attempt to do can change the situation. When you feel like you need to cry, when you want to just get it out, relieve some of the pressure from the inside – that is true pain. Because no matter how hard you try or how bad you want to, you can't. That pain just stays in place. Then, if you are lucky, one small tear may escape from those eyes that water constantly. That one tear, that tiny, salty, droplet of moisture is a means of escape. Although it's just a small tear, it is the heaviest thing in the world. And it doesn't do a damn thing to fix anything. —Chase Brooks

The hero, home plate umpire Bob Davidson, is a well known heel, but to his grandchildren Alana and Brock, he is simply PopPop, or some similarly endearing nickname.


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Sam, your revery is as good as anyone's in baseball haha.
The Bench-Householder high-5 looks about as smooth/naturalistic as when a pro golf player high-5's his caddie after making a big putt.
You can edit "Paul Householder" and "high-five" into any paragraph from Doug Thorburn's "Raising Aces" and it's awesome.

"Paul Householder’s timing and sequencing of the rotational elements of the delivery are the key to his torque (and thus velocity), and he takes advantage of strong early momentum to make the most of his closed stride. The righty maintains stable balance despite a slight drop-and-drive element to his delivery, and he finishes with above-average posture that flashes plus."

"It is particularly rare to find a player with plus grades in every category, and though balance and posture have long been elements of Paul Householder's high-five, his newfound ability to maintain an ideal release point in conjunction with improved momentum and tremendous torque have elevated his high-five to the next level. Householder received an average repetition grade of 50 due to occasional variations in timing, but his plus marks in consistency reflect the fact that he brings the same delivery to the table in the majority of his high-fives. The Reds deserve credit for identifying a player with sound mechanics who would transition well into their system, as well as having the coaching skills to further enhance his high-five."