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Bells Pitcher Knows What It Means to Lose

10/05/2009 10:21 AM

(Article courtesy of the Lubbock Avalance Journal)

Dane Cook couldn’t press send.

In one of his standup routines, the comedian describes leaving his mother’s number in his cell phone, even years after her death from cancer, until one day when he stumbles across the entry while scrolling through his contacts list.

“I was staring at it and I said, 'You know what? It’s time to let go because I’m in a better place now and it’s OK.’ ”

Cook says in a standup routine. “I was about to delete it, and I thought 'Maybe, for good luck, old-time’s sake, I think I’ll call it one last time.’ Then before I was about to press send I stopped myself and was like, 'What if she … answers?’ ”

Jordan Stern calls it his “Dane Cook moment.” The Bellingham Bells had just left Corvallis, Ore., where they’d played a road stand in the West Coast Collegiate Baseball League. On the drive through the Pacific Northwest, Jordan pulled out his cell phone, scrolled through his contacts list and called his mom, Ilene.

Ilene didn’t answer; she’d died six weeks earlier. But unlike Cook, Jordan says he held on to a small hope that she just might pick up.

“My dad called her, too, thinking she’d answer and say 'Hey, yeah, I’m in heaven,” Jordan, a pitcher at Texas Tech, said.

Ilene died June 11, ending a more than four-year fight with cancer that began in her breast and eventually spread to her liver, lungs, spine and brain.

Click here to read the complete story from the Lubbock Avalanche Journal.

About the Bellingham Bells

The Bellingham Bells are a summer collegiate, wood bat baseball team and a member of the West Coast League.  During the months of June, July & August, the Bells compete in a 57-game season, playing home games at Joe Martin Field in Bellingham and traveling to compete with other WCL teams in Washington, Oregon and British Columbia. The Bells strive to contribute to a strong and vibrant community through affordable, family-friendly entertainment. 

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