MESA, Ariz. -- Along with a body that is now 20 pounds lighter, the Cubs’ Marlon Byrd was sporting a significant amount of fresh tattoo ink Saturday.
Running the length of Byrd’s right arm is a portion of a Teddy Roosevelt speech called “The Man in the Arena,” which dates back to April 23, 1910 and was given in Paris, France.
The most famous portion of the speech, which is believed to be the text Byrd committed to his arm, is as follows:
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
At the very least, we can assume that if Byrd goes down, he will go down fighting.