Give It All You Got

CHICAGO, IL - JULY 25: Cole Hamels #35 of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning on July 25, 2015 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL – JULY 25: Cole Hamels #35 of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches  “No Hitter” against the Chicago Cubs on July 25, 2015 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

First, I must apologize to all of the English teachers of the world, including Mr. Elly from Friends’ Central School in Philly and my Jr. Year professor I nick named “Grandma” (I forget her name) from the University of Maryland. I know that this phrase is grammatically incorrect. Give it all YOU got is informal and improper, casual and colloquial – but it’s real.

Give it all YOU’VE got implies that you have something that you can brag about and boast of. The contraction “you’ve” is short for “you have” and saying “you have” implies that you have something significant that will get you gain, and welcome in the win.

On the other hand, give it all “YOU” got indicates that you may not have much of anything left in the tank, but yet and still you give it because it’s your all and because “it” is all you got. It may be next to nothing or just a lot of a little. It might not be anything much to most, but it’s more than enough to muscle in the manifestation and materialization of your maturation.

Cole Hamel’s just pitched a “No-hitter.” And pitching a no-hitter is pretty much  a baseball miracle. Unfortunately for Philly fans, the ace pitcher who was the 2008 World Series MVP for the Philadelphia Phillies is about to be traded. His team is about to kick him to the curb and put him out to pasture; yet and still Cole gave his all and he gave his heart and he gave his soul. Cole gave all he had. Cole gave it all he got.

If this indeed proves to be Cole Hamels’ final start in a Philadelphia Phillies uniform, the left-hander made it count. The 31-year-old threw a no-hitter in a 5-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday evening at Wrigley Field. After the game, per Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News, Hamels said, “Nothing will top winning a World Series… but this is right under it.”

And so Cole gives us a lesson to live by. Cole gives us an example to extol and a mockup to model. Cole, despite a dismal season and a declining fan base and a disappointing end to an otherwise delightful career in Philly, went out and pitched the game of his life. He threw a multitude pitches yet did not allow a single hit. He did not allow a single base runner or a single run. What a gutsy performance in the face of possibly much frustration and potentially minimal infuriation.

So give it all you got. It may not be much to most, but what you give is meaningful and motivating and moving enough for you to have a magnificent and glorious manifested miracle.

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