I have loved this great game my entire life. I share my collection of stories, films and experience here. click on the ball....
The Secret Soul of Baseball
I got to wave a young man/child around third I knew it was going to be a close play at the plate He is huffing, puffing cuts the bag just right and heads for home with the ball in the air, a slide–SAFE!
I got to grip the bat in my hands as I eyed the pitcher With all my concentration I see the ball leave his hand I see the spin of the laces, a curve ball breaking toward me I swing and catch it on the meat of the bat up the middle-HIT!
I got to watch my little boy take the ball out of his glove and with total focus he fires his best little fastball at my waiting glove that I don’t have to move even an inch the imaginary hitter doesn’t have a chance-STRIKE THREE!
I got to see my boy, now a big buff senior man, dive from his shortstop position into the hole in a cloud of dust he has it in his glove, jumps to his feet, steps and throws the runner is quick, flying, the ball beats him by a step-OUT!
I got to view the once skinny, shy one stroll up to the plate at a key time swinging his bat; he digs in his metal cleats he is ready, he is confident, he takes a pitch and then another he swings at one down the middle; off it goes over the fence-HOMER!
I got to hit a thousand grounders that skipped through the dirt taking hops and bounces that have a rhythm, a life of its own my player does it right; charges the ball like he has been told he fires it to the waiting catcher’s mitt at home plate- a perfect SMACK!
I got to see the hundreds of high flies that hung in the blue air on a hot summer mid-day as kids in new uniforms followed their flight that either found mitts or vibrant green grass growing long the echoes of voices yelling “I got it!” bounce off the canyon walls- LIFE!
Baseball has a secret soul known only to those who have played and fallen in love with this game like so many others over the last century and a half; maybe the best part of America’s past glory fathers showing love to their sons as they play a game of catch-SOUL!
The park I helped build and where my youngest son threw two no-hitters