Father’s Day ’09

I played catch with my son today for the first time.

I can’t believe I waited so long to do it. Drew is 4 and a half. This is kind of a big deal to me, because I grew up playing baseball. We played games in our neighborhood all summer, in the vacant lot three doors down from our house, right next to the neighbor’s cow barn (shallow right) and the cow pasture (deep left). I did Little League, too, wasn’t very good at it, but have fond memories of riding my three-speed bike to the games, glove hooked on my left handlebar.

I used that same, 30-year-old glove tonight as I helped Drew learn to use his new Franklin glove.

The kid is good! He tossed a couple good heaters my way, along with quite a few, ah, long balls. And he made a couple nice catches, including one he managed to trap with his cheek and shoulder somehow. That one led to a few tears (he was tired from swimming today), but he kept at it.

I think this playing catch thing could become a habit…

8 thoughts on “Father’s Day ’09

  1. Thing 1 has always been sort of hopeless w/ this sort of thing (I mean, uh, so far). I guess that’s why I was so surprised when I tossed a football underhand to Thing 2 (only 3 y.o.!) and he caught it, then made a perfectly creditable one-handed, over-hand pass back to me. Yikes!

    Of course, I was always terrible at sports (cross country, hey ho). What do I do with this kid?!


    1. We so have to get our boys all together to play. I think Mitch is gonna be a like Thing 2 — he’s just gonna latch onto sports, especially full-contact sports. He’s a nose tackle in the making. While Drew is going to be the analytical one — the QB with a degree in engineering…

      At least that’s the plan!

      And I was never great at sports, either, so I’m making it up as I go.


  2. Ah, the good ol’ summer time playing ball at Meschers field!!
    Keep up the good work with Drew. sounds like he is a natural!!


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