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MLPBA Exec Dir Michael Weiner Pens SI Column, Offers Lessons Of Medical Hardship

Weiner has been able to work mostly full-time since his diagnosis in August
MLBPA Exec Dir MICHAEL WEINER writes a first-person account of his battle with an inoperable brain tumor in this week's SI, noting, "I honestly don't fear what may come of my medical condition." Weiner: "Why have I been lucky enough to work my entire career for the MLBPA but unlucky enough to come down with a potentially fatal condition? I don't even try to answer such questions." He continues, "I will fight as hard as I can, for as long as I can -- and, hopefully, that’s a good, long fight. Most important, though, as corny as it sounds, I try to live each day to the fullest. I don’t take for granted what tomorrow may bring." Weiner: "What I’ve learned recently about the players, though, is how generous and gracious they are. I’ve had the opportunity to get to know so many players over my career, and I’ve always known they are great guys." Weiner writes he has "learned a few things about being in a tough spot since I’ve been diagnosed: Don't go into a shell. ... Help others, even if you're hurting. ... Don't lose your sense of humor. ... Keep living your life" (SI, 5/6 issue).
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