In 2018, I played catch every single day. It was awesome.
Toward the end of Spring Training 2018, Wilson sent me a new glove. A 12.75” blonde, H-webbed beauty. That new glove was an incredible encouragement and affirmation of the journey I was on.
At the end of 2018, I gave the perfectly-broken-in Wilson to Isaiah, a high school ballplayer in need of a new glove. And there was as much joy giving it to him as there was when I first received it.
During 2019 and 2020, I continued to play catch, played on my first baseball team since high school, learned about the importance of play, and wrote a book creatively titled A Year of Playing Catch. (It’s the kind of book that would make an excellent Father’s Day gift.)
Now, at the age of almost 47, I am convinced that people of all ages and abilities need to step out into the wonders of the wild and make new friends through playing catch.
National Play Catch Week starts on Father’s Day, which is June 20, which is a great day to give someone a copy of A Year of Playing Catch. Actually, any day is a great day to give someone a copy of A Year of Playing Catch.
To celebrate National Play Catch Week, I’m going on a catch-playing, new-friend-making trip of giving away gloves.
KC. St Louis. Chicago. Rockford. Field of Dreams.
Playing catch is a simple and beautiful reminder that we share life on this third curveball from the sun together. Having fun and making memories together is good not only for our physical health, but also for our mental health.
Making this trip possible is Baseball Seams Co, who fully understands how baseball stories are for all people. I’m already dreaming of future collaborations with Nate and his brilliant art.
I’m praying my car cooperates, that traffic is light, and to share the wonder and hope I experienced in 2018.
Keep playing. Keep dreaming.
Wanna play catch?