Monday, December 22, 2014

Baseball Heroes Are Not Born

Baseball heroes are not born, they are made. Through a deep passion to be successful, they roll up their sleeves and work hard to develop their baseball skills to perfection. 

Remember the movie "The Natural" with Robert Redford? Roy Hobbs grew up on a farm and in his spare time played catch with his father , and eventually learned how to over come many obstacles in his life to become a baseball hero.

Or what about Joe Castle, the boy wonder of baseball, in Calico Joe by John Grisham? The unknown player became a home run hitter and helped win many ball games for the Chicago Cubs.

Bound and determined there are many baseball heroes who started from humble beginnings only to become baseball greats and entertain fans all over the world like Babe Ruth, Ernie Banks, and Derek Jeter to say the least.

I'm always intrigued to learn about the success story of people whom started out from humble beginnings. And when we ponder the thought, maybe, just maybe you and I can learn something from these baseball celebrities. 
 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Derek Jeter Tribute

Like Roy Hobbs in "The Natural" starting Robert Redford who played catch with his father on the farm as a kid and one day dreamed of being a super star baseball player, once in awhile another player comes along with that same dream. Today, that baseball player is Derek Jeter.

Derek Jeter is a New York Yankee shortstop who as of today is playing in his 20th year and final season in Major League Baseball.

Ever since he was five years old, he wanted to be a New York Yankee baseball player. As a kid he often attended New York Yankee games where his passion for the sport grew and inspired him to seek a career in baseball. 

And rightfully so... Since 1995 to the present his achievements are amazing: 14x All-Star; 5x World Series champion; World Series MVP; 5x Gold Glove Award; 5x Silver Slugger Award; 2x AL Hank Aaron Award; Roberto Clemente Award; and New York Yankee captain. Need I say more?

And what better way to end a fabulous baseball career than in a tie game at Yankee Stadium, Jeter hits the game winning run.

Thank you Derek Jeter. Surely, you will be missed by baseball fans all over the world.  

Monday, September 15, 2014

Baseball Excitement

Nothing could excite me more than watching a good baseball game. Sitting with 35000 other baseball fans is exhilarating, not to mention seeing the players keep us on the edge of our seats with spectacular plays. And nothing is complete without a hot dog and some soda pop.

And why not? Jadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinal catcher, challenges the runners from home plate. Watching the great New York Yankee shortstop play in his last year brings tears to my eyes. Remembering that no hitter that Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giant, pitched on June 25th. Yes! Surely, there is lots of excitement at the old ball park.

Baseball has inspired me to write On The Road Again, now available on Amazon (bit.ly/14DmZmT). So when your not watching a game, just sit back in your easy chair and enjoy an exciting baseball story.

Whether you have a season pass to Busch Stadium like my friend does; enjoy a great baseball story; or are anxiously looking forward to the 2014 World Series; have a great day with your next baseball adventure.
  

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Kids Playing Baseball On Corner Lots

Last week I had one of the greatest times in my life. I was in Springfield, Illinois watching my son, Dennison, playing baseball on a little league team. It was fun to watch him pitch and later in the game play third base and yes, for a ten year old, he did a good job of getting the ball across the diamond to first.

Watching all those boys having fun throwing and hitting baseballs around reminded me of the good old days back when I was a kid many years go. Gee whiz, do I feel ancient.

 Little League baseball made me think about the movie Sandlot in which I recently wrote a book review for on Amazon that goes like this:

How I long for the good old days, when as a kid, I could play baseball with my friends and a tattered baseball and splintered bat. Yes! In blue jeans, sport shirt, and tennis shoes, I could play baseball all day to my heart's contend.

Now, like those good old days, a new group of kids, including three girls have ascended on the Sandlot. New challenges faced the kids with a descendent to that ferocious old dog named "The Beast." His name is "The Great Fear." and he lives beyond the left field wall where all the kids play baseball. It's a great sequel to Sandlot, the original movie.

Wow! So here it is, another action-packed, exciting, funny, intriguing baseball story for kids of all ages to see. I encourage everybody to watch it, I give it five stars, and I'm Marvin P. Ferguson, author of BOYS ON THE GOLD COAST.