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WHY SPRING IS ALWAYS BASEBALL SEASON MORE THAN PEANUTS AND CRACKER JACKS
On July 28, 1994, The Ballpark at Arlington was still hot from the summer sun. It was the ninth inning and the Texas Rangers’ pitcher Kenny Rogers stepped onto the mound. Fans sat on the edge of their seats, unspoken words hanging in the air. By the end of it, Rogers had struck out eight batters, blanking the California Angels 4–0. I was in the stadium that day, and the crowd went wild as they celebrated Kenny Rogers’ perfect game. I was there with my Boy Scout troop, though, and the gravity of the situation was pretty much lost on our young minds. While we couldn’t fully conceptualize how big a deal that game was, it helped cement my love of baseball. Spring training has already started for MLB players, and all through childhood, springtime meant baseball season in my house. I played on a team with the same group of boys for years, with my dad as one of coaches. They were my friends, and every season I looked forward to getting out on the diamond with them again. To be honest, I wasn’t the most gifted athlete, but I loved the sport and dreamed of being a professional baseball player one day. Iván “Pudge” Rodríguez, catcher for the Texas Rangers at the time, was my hero. One of the highlights of my childhood was getting to meet Pudge at a summer baseball camp.
I was both highly competitive and a big perfectionist as a kid. This pushed me to want to succeed, but it also meant I would get really stressed out whenever I messed up. There were times when baseball was a source of stress as much as it was a source of enjoyment. However, over the years, I’ve discovered that not every game in life will be a perfect game, and that’s okay. We learn more from failure than we do from winning. Though it’s been years since I crouched behind the home plate, baseball continues to hold a special place in my heart. I still love going to Rangers games, and while I don’t get to go as often as I would like, catching a game with my whole family is a memorable experience. I look forward to introducing my son to baseball, teaching him to catch, and doing all the dad stuff my dad did for me.
SPRING TRAINING HAS ALREADY STARTED FOR MLB PLAYERS, AND ALL THROUGH
CHILDHOOD, SPRINGTIME MEANT BASEBALL SEASON IN MY HOUSE.
In addition to playing baseball, I loved going to the games. My dad was with me when my Boy Scout troop saw Kenny Rogers throw his perfect game. Ball games still live on in my memory as something my dad and I would do together. Eating hot dogs and sunflower seeds at a Rangers game still holds a great deal of nostalgia for me. Baseball was a huge part of my identity as a kid, and while I geeked out in high school and replaced baseball with the debate team, I still love the sport.
Brad Stewart, Au.D. Owner, ClearLife Hearing Care, FYZICAL Allen P.S. Go Rangers!
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