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Sooners inspired by Mitchell Whitaker’s final words: ‘Keep fighting’

By John Helsley, jhelsley@opubco.com Published: May 18, 2009
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OU won Friday night, ripping three more home runs and fending off the Aggies late.

Fitting.

"I remember in the eighth inning,” Golloway said, "as we were making (pitching) changes, I just thought, ‘Ah, Mitch has got this one. He’s got this one for us.

‘We’ve got to go out and do what we can do physically. But there aren’t going to be any bad hops or bloopers, because Mitch has got this one.’ ”

Whitaker’s mark on the Sooners runs much deeper. The boy’s courageous battle wasn’t lost on the players, who watched in awe as he attended the OU Baseball Camp in between chemotherapy treatments.

"It’s an inspiration,” said Sooner catcher J.T. Wise. "The kid was out here playing baseball with a bald head during treatments. I’d probably be in a bed, sulking.

"It makes you realize how good you have it and how fortunate you are to be alive and healthy.”

Makes you appreciate the long ball, too.

The power-hitting Sooners are going strong.

Maybe it’s coincidence. Maybe not.


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