Reflections in Time

There are things that are unique to our national pastime that are near and dear to my heart. The aroma of a hot dog as it has been roasting since Opening Day, the smell of fresh cut grass on an immaculate playing field, the sounds of an organ playing Take Me Out to the Ballgame. But the thing that most epitomizes baseball to me is an afternoon game played in the sun. Before the tragedy of September 11th, today’s game was scheduled as an evening affair between the Colorado Rockies and the Arizona Diamondbacks. There would have been two weeks remaining in the season and would have been just another game. Today though, it is an afternoon of baseball and the final home game of the 2001 regular season.


The Arizona Diamondbacks are ahead of the San Francisco Giants by 2 games with 4 games remaining. If the Diamondbacks could possibly win this game and the Giants lose tonight, they would clinch a play-off spot. It doesn’t get much better than this. My wife Trina and my son Dakota went to the game with me today. We arrived at the game early to watch the players prepare for the game. We walked around the concourse taking one last look around the ballpark knowing that this would be the last regular season game we would be attending this year. Remembering all of the experiences and emotions that our family shared with the Diamondbacks throughout this season. It was a time to reflect on the passing of another year but also to find joy in the fact that I was passing baseball onto my son. Baseball is acting as a link between generations and I am instilling a love and a respect for the game with my children. When the final out was recorded in my scorebook, I quietly closed it wondering if it would be the last time this season. Regardless, I was at peace as I looked out at the field and saw the grounds crew begin their daily task of mowing and preparing for what they hoped would be another game. It doesn’t get much better than this.


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