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Darin Mogck letter: RedHawks player was a role model

Things players do - even though they don't have to. On Monday, July 18, I went to watch my son, Jacob, play Rookie Ball (baseball for 7- to 8-year-olds). His team was playing on Diamond 5 at Fargo's Lindenwood Park. There were also two teams play...

Things players do - even though they don't have to.

On Monday, July 18, I went to watch my son, Jacob, play Rookie Ball (baseball for 7- to 8-year-olds). His team was playing on Diamond 5 at Fargo's Lindenwood Park. There were also two teams playing on Diamond 6.

A man, who I recognized as Joe Mathis, centerfielder for the FM RedHawks, came up to me and asked where the 7- and 8-year-olds played. He was looking for a youngster that took a baseball class he taught offered at the YMCA. I happen to know who he was looking for because my son took the same class. I pointed out that he was playing on the next diamond. We chatted for a moment and he went to watch Andy play.

I was impressed that he took the time to come to a young fan's game but what impressed me even more was after the game he signed autographs and took pictures with the young players. Not just for the team Andy plays for, but all four teams. There had to be 50 kids or more there. He waited to make sure every child that wanted an autograph got one.

I would like to thank FM RedHawks for recruiting that type of player and the YMCA for hiring a talent like him. And special kudos to you, Joe Mathis, for being an athlete that parents want our children to see as a role model.

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A lot today's so-called professional athletes could take a lesson from Mathis about their off the field antics.

Darin Mogck

Fargo

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