Take me out to the OLD ball Game

I spent a lot of time the last few weeks at baseball games. Playoff season dominates the fall and the champions of 2009 and 2010 are hoping top regain their title.

The object of my fan-dom is none other than my beloved, Tom, who at age 62, plays on the Chicago North Men’s Senior Baseball League. Emphasis on the SENIOR part as no one on his team is under 60.  BTW, please don’t refer to his sport as softball, these guys play hardball.

By day Tom is a professional therapist, owns a counseling agency, teaches at a local university and other appropriate 62-year-old activities.  In his off hours from May to September, he is the shortstop, complete with uniform and runs the bases like he is still 18.

Some of us just dream about the roles we would love to play and others grab their regulation size bags full of mitts, balls and something called Pine Tar and actually give it a whirl.

Ten years is kind of a long career in this season of life but you know how time flies when you’re having fun.

While some dreams are no longer possible, other dreams are. Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote the Little House series at age 65. Colonel Sanders was that same age when he started KFC. A little younger, at age 55 Ray Kroc built the McDonalds Empire. Makes playing baseball at this age seem normal.

I like sitting in the stands, eating peanuts, and yelling for my guy. Can’t say it was my dream all along but I like being part of his.


1 Response to “Take me out to the OLD ball Game”

  1. 1 Ann Wilson September 25, 2012 at 5:17 AM

    Excellent, Tish! I love the picture of Tom. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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