In this comic, little Joey is taught from a young age that "big boys don't cry". This leads to years of emotional confusion for Joey. It is only when the girl of his dreams, Lucy, points out that it is normal, and healthy, for men to express emotions like sadness, that Joey understood and began to accept that his feelings were normal and natural.
STRIKE 3! YOU ARE OUT!
The Emotional Footprint
THERE WILL BE NO TEARS IN BASEBALL. BIG BOYS DON'T CRY JOEY!
10 YEARS LATER
DEAR JOEY, YOU'RE FIRED
WHAT'S WRONG HONEY?
NOTHING LUCY, I'M FINE..
JOEY, YOU HAVE TO TALK TO ME. WHAT HAPPENED?
I LOST MY JOB TODAY, LUCY.. I'M UPSET AND I'M SCARED. WHAT AM I GOING TO DO?
THANK YOU FOR TELLING ME WHAT IS GOING ON. WE WILL FIGURE THIS OUT TOGETHER.
IT IS PERFECTLY NORMAL TO FEEL THAT WAY JOEY. AND IT IS UNHEALTHY TO KEEP ALL OF THOSE EMOTIONS INSIDE.
I FEEL MUCH BETTER ALREADY. THANK YOU FOR TALKING THROUGH THIS WITH ME, LUCY.