June 17, 2007
THE CHAIN OF BEING...AMERICAN:
Playing catch with dad (Joe Capozzi, 6/17/07, Palm Beach Post)
Dad's knuckles were bloody from working construction all day, but little James Shields never noticed. He just knew his father was home...
Time to play catch.
"He was beat down, tired, and all I wanted to do was play catch,'' said Shields, a pitcher for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
"I had two older brothers, so when they were always playing together, I got left out. But I used to play catch with my dad all the time. No matter how tired he was, he always played catch with me. That was one of the best things - just to grab my glove and ball and go play catch with my pops.''
There are bigger thrills in baseball, but the first for most players, no matter the level, is the time-honored ritual of playing catch with dad.
It's a special moment immortalized in two of the best baseball-themed movies of all time - Field of Dreams and The Natural. A moment remembered for its simplicity and meaning.
Posted by Orrin Judd at June 17, 2007 7:11 AM