Father’s Day

There is a special bond between a father, a son, and baseball. Whether your dad was your Little League coach or your biggest fan – most likely both – baseball is a game shared between you and your father.

Growing up, he probably taught you how to play catch out in the yard, even if he was tired from work. He just wanted to teach you the fundamentals of baseball, like his father had taught him. After that, there was always something to do if you had gloves and a ball.

He probably took you to your first ball game and bought you a foam finger, a hotdog, and some cotton candy. Even though you may not have had the patience to be attentive for the whole game when you were five, your father was patient with you and was persistent to teach you the game he loved. He most likely pointed out the keys to the game and explained what it all meant.

As you got older, he probably taught you how to keep score for the games, even if it was just a way to keep you quiet. You learned that the shortstop was not designated 5 for some odd reason, you learned the difference between a normal K and backwards K, and you learned how to sort through the numeric confusion of a rundown. You probably watched televised baseball games with your dad. He would tell you stories of how Sandy Koufax was the greatest pitcher ever or how he saw Kirk Gibson hit the homerun and invent the fist-pump. He taught you how to yell at the TV and the necessity of superstitions. He taught you all you need to know about being a true fan of baseball.

Your dad was probably your Little League coach, even if he wasn’t “technically” the coach. From the stands, he always found a way to be involved in your Little League career. He would praise you for everything you did right and offer you tips on how to improve. He would push you to be the best player you could be because he expected a lot from you. He taught you how to “speak” loudly and aggressively with an umpire and then after the game would tell you not to do what he just did. He explained how baseball teaches us teamwork, hard work, dedication, persistence, patience, and passion. He explained how baseball united everyone, regardless of their background. There was a lot of things he explicitly taught you, but there was one thing you had to learn by watching your dad:  the love of experiencing baseball, as a fan, player, or coach.

To all of our biggest fans, we here at Experience Baseball, want to wish every dad a very happy Father’s Day.

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