By Merl Riehl
Baseball began in the summer of 1839 thanks to Abner Doubleday. Little did he know at the time he would create what it would become today. A game that isn’t only a game, but dreams, friendships and lifelong memories for many players.
You don’t have to don the uniform of a major league team to experience this. You only have to put on your local team uniform, feel the sun beaming down as you take the field knowing you are part of a team. Anyone who has played can think back to fond memories of time spent on the baseball field.
Whether you are young or a seasoned veteran, you know when you are on the diamond the only thing that matters is that ball, big or small. You’re not thinking of school, work, or what is off the diamond, you are watching that ball, ready to make a home run swing or fantastic catch. Whatever happens your team has your back. Baseball is about backing someone up in case they miss.
What is better than knowing you have someone backing you up? If you are just learning, you have volunteer coaches who are there to help you learn, coaches giving their time to help you get better. All you have to do is put that uniform on and believe in the possibilities, dream big, close your eyes and imagine the crowd chanting. Grab your glove and get out there. What follows is incredible. Find friends you haven’t met, life-long memories, and new dreams rich with possibilities.