T-Ball Tales Part 4

18 July 2009

This week’s T-Ball game was a special one because my 2nd best friend (other then my wife) JP was able to watch Heath play.  If you regularly read the posts on LestersLegends.com, you may have heard of JP.  He goes by the moniker BDJP or Big Dog JP.  JP and I go back to the 8th grade.  We were good friends in high school and decided to go to Syracuse University together.  We roomed together Freshman year in Brewster, Floor 9, aka Brew 9.  Many of my closest friends to this day come from Brew 9.  We all joined the same fraternity, Sigma Alpha Mu, because they were starting the chapter back up and we wanted to stay together.  Roughly half of the original Sammies that joined in the Fall of ’94 were Brew Niners.  JP and I never roomed together after our Freshman year for a multitude of reasons.  I think we figured out it our schedules just didn’t mesh.  Though we drifted some when JP move off-campus we remained best of friends and still keep in great touch today despite living in opposite ends of the Earth. Well, not quite, I live in Minnesota and JP lives in Brooklyn. 

Despite living so far away JP has been an important part of my son Heath’s life.  He flew out to watch him get baptised.  We went to the East Coast a couple time.  JP has come out here a couple times.  One of Heath’s favorite birthday and Christmas presents are JP’s because he always gets him cool figures (Justice league first, and now McFarlanes’).  Whenever I talk to JP on the phone, Heath wants to chat with him. 

Well, Heath was a little shy at first, but he warmed up to JP.  JP told Heath to field five balls during the game.  I think he fielded one so far this year.  He was determined to put on a show though as he fielded three grounders.  He may have got more, but I moved him around so some of the other kids could get a chance. 

Heath has had so many people come watch him play.  I would like to thank my Dad (Pete), my Mom (Karren), my Mother-in-Law (Carol), my Father-in-Law (Denny), my Uncle Larry, my Aunt Jean, JP, and Heidi and Dave for coming out to see Heath this year so far. 

Thank you for reading the T-Ball tales.  I know it’s a departure from what you usually see at LestersLegends.com.  I have this forum and I can’t resist using it to talk about one of my top two buddies (along with Heath’s brother Owen).  We’ll talk fantasy sports another time.  If you have a child in athletics, a play, a musical, cub scouts, girl scouts, whatever, please feel free to share a story.  After all, that’s what’s life is about.  Creating and sharing great memories.

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