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Rick McCarthy Field Dedication
Saturday, October 5, 2019
Rick McCarthy's Remarks From the Podium
"Usually I rely upon talking from the heart, and that's absolutely what I'm gonna do now. It's very overwhelming, honestly, to look out and to see so many people who've been part of my life and my lacrosse life and who are so important to me who are here to share this with me.
It is, it's very overwhelming and as I looked over to my left I saw you guys (current Eastern players), who I don't know, I saw you in your Eastern (gear) and I felt like going back in time to 1996 (McCarthy's first year at Eastern), and I want to tell you that this is a great family that you're joining and I want to welcome you. I just want you to have the same kind of special experience here and special feeling about the program and about your teammates and about your fellow alumni and about your school that all my guys have felt. So. thank you for being here and helping to celebrate a great thing for me.
You know, I have family here, I have people from various teams that I've coached here, I have family friends here, I have lacrosse cronies here. You guys just all mean so much. Even John Matthews is here from my trip to Australia with the Eastern Warriors, so it's just a great gathering of so many parts of the time I've put into lacrosse and the time kinda that is embodied by what's happening here today.
The naming of the field in my honor… honestly it's a great honor and I would be fibbing if I didn't say how proud it is individually for me to see my name up here on the field, but in all honesty, and this was mentioned before, but I want to say it to you, my name on the field is really… it's a recognition of the groups of people and the teams that I was part of and all of you that shared in creating what's been created here and I want you to know that you share in that recognition, and I hope that you feel the same amount of pride and joy in this that I do.
You know, since leaving here -- probably some of my greatest experiences in the game and in life were here -- I've continued to have some great experiences (as a volunteer coach at Wesleyan University), and coach (John) Raba and (assistant coaches) coach (Will) Parker and coach (Bill) Els and coach (Will) Pilat from Wesleyan are here, and obviously it was a tremendous thrill two years ago to be part of that coaching staff when we won that Division 3 national championship at Foxborough. And thinking about that, reflecting about that, I realize that that year was my 50th year of coaching lacrosse. Five-0 (applause).
At left: Rick McCarthy and Eastern president Dr. Elsa Nunez
When you think about 50 years of life put into something and devoted to something, you ponder a lot of things about life and pondering them from maybe from the tail end of it (laughs) unlike some of these young guys, and in pondering it and doing a little research about the things that characterize people who have a lot of experience in life, who have a lot of happiness and joy, there are two things (that come to mind). The first thing is that people who are happy having experienced a lot of life is a feeling of gratitude, and that's what I'm feeling. I'm grateful to Eastern, I'm grateful for my Eastern lacrosse family, I'm grateful for my coaching associates. I'm grateful for the kids, even the officials (laughs). I'm a very, very lucky guy to have been able to have enjoyed all these things and have had so many people to share such great things with.
Second thing that I've learned that characterizes people with a lot of experience in life is sharing with a lot of social contacts, having things in common and sharing them with people. And being here with all of you, it just reminds me of how important and how lucky I am to have such an extended family with whom I share love, I share the memory of great accomplishments, and I'm so grateful and so lucky to have this wonderful group of people that I can share a wonderful life of lacrosse with and a wonderful life, so I want to thank you all, I want to wish you guys (current Eastern players) the best of luck, all of you who made the effort to be here today from the last 50 years.
I couldn't be a happier guy… I'm the luckiest guy on earth. Thank you for coming and thank you for sharing this with me."