I love baseball.
It’s not logical, as if love is ever logical.
I love baseball so much I made a resolution to play catch every single day of 2018. And thanks to a story on MLB.com, that resolution went viral. I received catch-playing invitations from coast to coast and even the Netherlands.
For Valentine’s Day, I wanted to ask my wife for a game of catch. And then whatever synapses fired that first set me out on this quixotic catch-playing quest started firing again.
I first learned about Miracle League in the America at the Seams project, visiting with the founder as the featured story for the state of Georgia. Miracle League creates specialized fields and uses a buddy system so anyone can play baseball. Their simple motto: “Every child deserves a chance to play ball.”
My wife, Jamie, is an elementary school teacher for students with multiple disabilities. Over the years, several of her students have played in the local Miracle League. Last summer, my nephew played in the Miracle League in Arkansas. I heard one of his at-bats broadcast on the radio. It was an absolute riot.
I want to use this year of catch-playing craziness to connect students of all abilities to the greatest of games, so I am now looking for sponsors. ALL donations will benefit Miracle League. Money will be used to pay for students to play, toward stadium renovations and construction.
As Brad Pitt says, “How can you not be romantic about baseball?”