Yesterday, I had thoughts of how different it will be to NOT be able to go to the High School diamond and see my kid pitch. Different (In a bad kinda way). I was on a day off and saw a flock of twenty turkeys cut through the back part of my property. Of course its right near the end of turkey season in Pennsylvania and I thought I'm running out of time to hunt with the kid too. So when he came home from school we hit the woods. Walked all over creation and couldn't find the dang birds.
The kid looks at me and says, "hey lets get some shootin anyway, go get the electronic call and we'll shoot some crows. So back to the house and back out retooled to fool some crows, decoys and everything. We had a blast, sounded like a war zone. I'll bet the bow hunters were pissed!
I've been tellin everybody how nice its goin to be when I get rid of the kid and he's so far from home he can't come back only on holiday. Hmmmmm
not to sure now...........but a dream is a dream and that dream started when he was seven. The light has never dimmed and as some wise man once said the dream is "worth believing in."
There is a good article in baseball america this week about Goose Gossage and how he lost his dad when he was a Junior in High School. His dad always believed in him and told him he'd be a major leaguer. Goose wasn't sure and he pitched a horrible game in high school the day all the scouts came to see him. Goose had pitched a complete game the day before and he didn't have his best stuff. Bottom line is he got rocked in front of all the scouts. Goose was so sure he wouldn't get drafted, he went out and found a job. When he came home Goose told his mother that he'd be contributing to the family because he got a job. She told him there was someone visiting that had other ideas. It was a professional scout and Goose signed with the White Sox. His dad had been a Yankee die hard fan and as luck would have it, his first game was against the Yankees in Yankee Stadium. Just before he threw his first major league pitch he pumped his fist in the air and pointed to the sky and screamed, "THIS IS FOR YOU DAD!"
The above is a paraphrase from a new book titled "Dugout Wisdom" by Dan Migala.