I read the column by Jon Hauser in the March 17th paper with a great deal of interest because I know someone just like him with the same passion for baseball.
My husband has played both amateur baseball and softball on-and-off for six decades. He likes to play baseball or softball; he likes to watch baseball or softball on television or the local baseball field; and he likes to talk about baseball or softball. He loves the smell of leather and freshly-mowed grass; the crack of the bat; playing catch with others; catching those high fly balls and hitting the ball to the outfield. He loves watching the Minnesota Twins.
From time to time, I will hear people tell him that he is too old to play softball or baseball, but he still can play baseball and softball. Those people who say that to him - or me for that matter - just don’t understand what it is like to have a real passion in life. I think that if you can find that kind of joy in life you should hold on tight. Frankly, in this day and age, it is rare that people find that joy in life.
Great article, Jon Hauser!