For today’s game of catch, I wish I lived in KC again. I wish I could have played catch with Bob Kendrick at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and hear his stories of the friendship of Jackie Robinson and Dr. King.
(Photo credit to Bob Kendrick)
I read that Dr. King said Jackie was “a pilgrim that walked in the lonesome byways toward the high road of Freedom. He was a sit-inner before sit-ins, a freedom rider before freedom rides.”
Baseball does tell some pretty amazing stories.
But I no longer live in KC and weather made a day trip practically impossible.
Thanks to my wife’s brilliant idea, I went to Johnny Mac’s Sporting Goods because they have an indoor batting cage. They also have a phenomenal selection of new gloves.
At Johnny Mac’s I met Jesse who is now a student studying math at MSU. He graciously agreed to play catch today and said there would probably be others in the store who could play catch tomorrow (not a pretty forecast for an outdoor game).
Jesse grew up a Yankees fan and played high school ball. He taught me his forkball grip, which was quite the stretch for these cold hands.
For the record, Jesse and I both used my gloves so we didn’t damage any of the beautiful brand-new gloves in the store.
Thanks Johnny Mac’s and Jesse for the help!