Mom and dad may have been fighting but for those special times, none of that matters. What a wonderful and healing place to be. A place to learn all of the lessons life has to offer and gain confidence that will take you anywhere you want to go. Dreams are a wonderful thing but for a child on the baseball field, dreams are reality as they learn to move with the grace and skill. A child plays baseball for the reason it was intended to be played and not to earn paychecks. A child plays for the smell of the grass, the crack of the bat, the camaraderie and to find out just who he or she is. Baseball is the first love of so many kids because it is always there and it does not discriminate.
From catching pop flies to taking batting practice it’s as though they are the heroes they watch on television night after night. Kids want to be like their role models. They want to be like A-Rod, Jeter, or Roger Clemens and it just always seems possible. The self-esteem the game provides a child is both needed and necessary. It is a game that always gives back. When the coach tells you that you have done a good job that stays with you for the rest of your life.
For a child almost anything seems possible and all they want is the chance to put themselves to the test. Children are innocent creatures untouched by the evils of the world and all they want to do is be loved and have fun. Baseball always loves you back and always rewards a child’s hard work. To watch and listen to a group of children on the field is like poetry in motion. They all just seem so very happy.
Remember playing make believe as a child well now imagine coming of age and registering for your first year of baseball. What a thrill it was for me just knowing that I would even have the opportunity to play Americas great game. Baseball is about love and about learning to love oneself and there is nothing more every child deserves than to be loved. Baseball is also about innocence and to watch my kids out on the field truly warms my heart.
Finally, kids play the game for the reason it should be played for, not because of contracts obligations, money, or to be showboats. It is said that it is a kids game and I will say that to see anybody happy of any age is why we are all here on this great planet. God bless our kids and God bless our beloved game of baseball.