What do you want to talk to me about? When you got to the majors,
you played only one inning of one game. What happened with you? It was the last day of the season. Bottom of the eighth inning,
we were way ahead. I’d been up with the club for three weeks,
but I hadn’t seen any action. Suddenly old John McGraw
points a bony finger in my direction… …and he says, “Right field.” I jumped up like I was sitting on a spring. Grabbed my glove, and ran out on the field. Did you get to make a play? They never hit the ball out of the infield. The game ended. The season was over. I knew they’d send me back down. I couldn’t bear the thought
of another year in the minors. So I decided to hang them up. – Go on. Sit down.
– Thank you. So what was that like? It was like coming this close
to your dreams… …and then watching them brush past you,
like a stranger in a crowd. At the time, you don’t think much of it. We don’t recognize our most significant
moments while they’re happening. Back then I thought,
“Well, there’ll be other days.” I didn’t realize that was the only day. And now, I want to ask you a question. What’s so interesting about half an inning
that would make you come from Iowa… …to talk to me about it
50 years after it happened. I didn’t really know till just now… …but I think it’s to ask you,
if you could do anything you wanted… …if you could have a wish… And you’re the kind of man
who could grant me that wish? I don’t know. I’m just asking. You know,
I never got to bat in the major leagues. I’d have liked to have had that chance,
just once… …to stare down a big-league pitcher. Stare him down,
then just as he goes into his windup, wink. Make him think you know
something he doesn’t. That’s what I wish for. The chance to squint at a sky so blue
that it hurts your eyes to look at it. To feel the tingle in your arms
as you connect with the ball. To run the bases,
stretch a double into a triple… …and flop face first into third. Wrap your arms around the bag. That’s my wish. Is there enough magic out there
in the moonlight… …to make this dream come true? – What would you say if I said yes?
– I think I’d actually believe you.