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Keep your eye on the ball

Spring training is upon us. It’s time for a baseball story. I was the oldest of three boys. My Dad was our coach from the time we were old enough to wear gloves. Dad had a few one liners that he’d use to teach us the game but here’s my favorite. “Keep your eye on the ball,” he would say. Sounds simple enough…

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Love for all seasons

Baseball season is a season of streaks. Both winning streaks and losing streaks are common in a season that lasts longer than any other. As a wise sage once said, “You win some; you lose some.” How true. One week, your team could be on a roll. Timely hitting, overpowering pitching and stellar fielding is the norm as they…

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Thanks for the memories

I had the joy and privilege of coaching our boys in baseball from the time they were old enough to swing a bat. And by the time they could talk, they became KC Royals fans too. It just sort of happened. I guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.  🙂 Here I am with my wife and three of our grown sons. I guess things got a little crazy…

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Hold on to your hats…it’s the playoffs!

OK. I’ll admit it. I have a habit of losing things. Sunglasses and ball caps are the worst. Usually I can keep track of small things in my pocket as long as there’s not a hole in it. But I love to wear ball caps and they serve a dual purpose for men like me when it gets cold because we need something to keep our “wig wam”…

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A Song About Baseball

Bob Bennett wrote and dedicated “A Song About Baseball” in 1982 to his father who apparently also was his baseball coach from early days. The song could have just as easily have been written about my Dad. When I first heard Bob perform it at Gospel Music Association Week  in the early 80’s. I cried for over an hour…

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Put me in coach

Spring training has started in Arizona and Florida and I couldn’t be more ready. In the words of JC Fogarty, “Put me in coach…I’m ready to play!” Now whether you love baseball or not, you got to love spring training if only it serves as a reminder to you and me that spring in Iowa can’t be far behind. Winter has gone on long enough, don’t…

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Mr. Shucks’ Smile Says it All!

Mr. Shucks,  Cedar Rapids Kernels mascot seemed to be enjoying himself at  the MIKECHAIR Concert after the game last night.  He and several hundred others I might add!  What a great way to end “Faith Day to Fight Hunger” at Veterans Stadium. Get this… The heavy rains predicted all week waited until nightfall.…

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Spring training is upon us. It’s time for a baseball story. I was the oldest of three boys. My Dad was our coach from the time we were old enough to wear gloves. Dad had a few one liners that he’d use to teach us the game but here’s my favorite. “Keep your eye on the ball,” he would say. Sounds simple enough…

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