The month of June has always been a special time of the year for me because it means I am another year older, youth baseball tournament time is upon us, and most importantly, it's the month that we celebrate Father’s Day.
The biggest percentage of the time it was Mom who was in the stands cheering us on and helping us to get over a loss, a strikeout, or an error that let the other team score the go-ahead run. Most dads worked jobs that limited the times that they could show up at the ball field, but Dad always seemed to find a way to support our efforts whether he was in the stands or not.
As young athletes we were constantly looking for ways to make our dad proud of our accomplishments at the ball park just as Dad was striving to support his family with his accomplishments at work. In my youth I can still remember hearing the comment, “It's a Man’s World.” That was the ‘60s for you.
Then along came the ‘90s and more moms, like today, were out there having to work and help support the family.
Raising a family today, just like supporting our young athletes, is a joint effort and many times it takes two paychecks to keep the family going. Today it is Dad who most likely will be one of your coaches or be in the stands with Mom pushing you to excel and possibly exceed to the best of your abilities.
Boy, from my youth to now how things have changed.
With Father’s Day coming up Sunday I hope that all the dads have a GREAT DAY and are able to spend some quality time with their children.
Remember, whether you played ball 50 years ago or are playing now, there will be many memories to talk about on many Father’s Days to come.
If you still have your dad with you, take time to enjoy the day, cherish the time you can spend with him, and build memories that will last you a life time. If you are like me, my three brothers and my sister, and your dad has gone to be with the Lord, Sunday will be a day when you sit back and enjoy the memories that you made on all the Father's Days that you enjoyed and cherished from days gone by.
Remember the tournaments coming up in our area and support our youth as they play the game. Once again, I hope you have a great Father's Day.