Father’s Day is a tough one for me, and tough — I think — for anyone who has lost a parent. I joke sometimes when I meet someone else whose father is gone that they’re a fellow member of the “Dead Dads Club.” This, of course, is the kind of joke you can only tell with time, and only tell if you are a member.
My father passed away when I was thirteen years old and he was in his late 40s. Much too young for both of us, truly. I feel like there’s a lot about my dad I never got to know and appreciate because I never got to know him as an adult. And I wonder often what he would think of me and the person I have become.
I think he’d probably respect that I finally found a sport to love, even if it was one he didn’t really understand himself. My father was a fan of only two kinds of sports: the Indy 500 (never NASCAR) and watching CNN (the latter being a sport the way he did it). With the hindsight of age, I’m able to see a lot of the things I got from him even though he’s been gone more than twenty years. My sarcasm is absolutely his, and my stubbornness. I still can’t grow a sweet mustache like he could, but perhaps in my old age those dreams will come true.
All this off topic prattle is for a reason, I promise. It’s my way of saying that even when a holiday like Father’s Day is hard, it can also bring out the best kinds of memories. And for those who haven’t lost their fathers, or those who have lost them in ways unrelated to death, I think we can all still glean positive things when this holiday rolls around every year.
My dad didn’t play a hand in making me love baseball, but for a lot of people their fathers were the first ones to teach them the rules, the first to throw them a ball, and the first to take them to a big league game and shell out the money for an overpriced cotton candy just to make the day perfect.
So, in honor of Father’s Day this weekend, we want to know your best dad-themed baseball story. Was it a disastrous trip to a game, or maybe the time he tried to coach your little league team? Whether it’s funny, heartwarming, or heartbreaking, we want to hear about it.
Head over to the FanPosts section and select “New FanPost” then tell us your best dad stories.
As a bonus motivation here’s a photo of my dad’s sweet mustache. I won’t even get into whatever that shirt is he was wearing. The 80s were a weird time.