Mar 5, 2014, 10:01 pm
She was once a 3 year old little girl with a new glove and ball. She put it on the wrong hand and probably even upside down. That didn't change her excitement. First dad rolled the ball. She bent down to get it and missed. That didn't change her excitement. Eventually, she would learn to stop the ball so she progressed to pop ups and playing catch with dad. She missed more than she caught and took... a few licks along the way. That didn't change her excitement. She eventually got a bat and a helmet. She stood on the wrong side occasionally and mixed her hands up when placing them on the bat. She missed more than she hit when dad pitched. But that didn't change her excitement. Park and Rec came calling and she tried her hand at the game. There were more losses than wins and with dad coaching a little more criticism and praise. That didn't change her excitement. Her friends came and went. Some enjoyed the game, some didn't. Some excelled and some didn't. That didn't change her excitement. Next came school ball, travel ball, and maybe even college. But through it all her excitement never changed. You see, she sees softball as a little girl playing catch with her dad in the yard. It wasn't just about the success of making the diving catch or hitting the game winning homer. It wasn't the pitching shutout or no hitter. Through all the highs and lows of the game, she just wants to be that little girl playing catch with her dad. It isn't about the big win or the demoralizing loss. It is about dad and daughter. It is about daddy's little girl being daddy's little girl again. She just wants to play catch.
- A Facebook post