Play Ball!

Time slows down, life seems good on a cool breezy evening

HICKORY, N.C. — Play Ball!

With those words, the Hickory Crawdads opened up the 2021 home baseball season. It could not have come at a better time. Fans sang the National Anthem without any hint of political animosity.

Our grandson was introduced to a very old and wise friend. While my wife enjoyed catching up with him, I enjoyed sharing the finer points of strategy with our grandson until he decided it was a better use of his time to put his baseball mitt to use and position himself for foul balls. Naturally, he made friends while doing so.

Such is baseball. If you have not already, try it for yourself. Time slows down. We could all use some of that as we find opportunities to amuse ourselves.

For three hours, life was good. I’ll take it.

Oh, and the Crawdads lost by a run, the difference arguably being a balk by a Crawdad pitcher. That doesn’t matter. They’re young guys, just learning the ropes of professional baseball.

We’ll be back. I hope you’ll join us.

© Michael Barrick, 2021. Baseball photo by Joey Kyber on Unsplash

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