Well folks, one of my many favorite baseball players, Roy Campanella who played for the Dodgers before a car accident left him a quadriplegic back in the ’60s, once said, “You have to be a man to play baseball for a living, but you have to have a lot of little boy in you to play it too.”
I spent last Friday night at Woock Field announcing the scrimmage between two Aitkin Gobbler teams made up of this past years seniors and underclassmen. It was a chance for the seniors to finally play under the lights, and it was a treat for everybody. They played for a couple of hours, and you know, the final score didn’t even matter. The boys had a great time and so did the fans who figure they were robbed of the high school season due to the Covid-19 crisis. It gave some closure to the seniors and they made the most of it. You could see the smiles illuminate the field even before the lights were a factor. It was so enjoyable to see them get an opportunity, and I thank Coach Jeremy Janzen for letting me be a part of the festivities.
The Color Guard was there, the National Anthem was performed and Abbie Palm was with me in the press box playing all the music including the walk-up tunes for each batter. The weather was spectacular, the best of the holiday weekend, and the fans couldn’t have been happier.
As I headed out after the game I stopped to snap a picture of the Gobblers and their coaches as they knelt and conversed in their circle. I also noticed the nearly full moon rising in the sky behind them so I made sure I got that in the picture as well and thought, maybe this is the end of something, but maybe it’s a new start, a new beginning as well.
Thanks to everybody who put last Friday night together, it was one I won’t soon forget.