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Put me in coach ...

May 1, 2008 - Jim Bartholow
With the 2008 Marietta Bantam League season in full swing it's nice to see all those fields filled with young ballplayers. The sight takes me back to the days when our two children were young enough to play ball. Lots of memories from those days. Like teaching first-year tee-ball players to run to first, not third, when you hit the ball. I remember watching the other team hit a ball to left field and my left fielder was no where to be found. He decided the pile of sand about 30 away from the left field line was more inviting that standing out ON the field waiting for a ball to he hit to him. Then there was the time the entire team ran after a fly ball to right field. The right fielder was lost in a sea of teammates. Problem is, no one caught the ball, or picked it up as the batter rounded third and headed for home. I remember with my daughter's tee-ball team. So, she wouldn't feel alone on a team with all boys, I drafted every girl who signed up - a total of four I think. You should have seen the looks we got from other teams when I played all four on the infield. They did a great job. But what I remember most are the parents and the kids and some of the lasting friendships that started or grew on the ball fields. We all owe a big thanks to Andy Elliott and everyone who helped start Bantam League more than 50 years ago. It's a great asset to this community. And now, things are coming full circle in the Bartholow family. Our son is now a coach for his oldest daughter in an under-5 league in Columbus. The stories he tells take me back to the days our kids played youth baseball, soccer, basketball, football, and floor hockey. Leslie and I didn't realize it at the time, but those were fun times with our kids.


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