The other night I was as usual really busy and I got an email from my good friend Marnie.
We work together so yada yada it was about a meeting but she also included a picture that I did this painting from.
That's her son Tait, mid-windup, shorts and winter boots, in November.
I guess before this last season (you know, the one where the Cubs won the World Series), he was just sort of a baseball kid.
He chose Jon Lester as his favorite player, and... maybe he'll want to be a pitcher.
Isn't that so incredibly cool?
I wonder how many kids got the Fever this year.
How many decided that the tired old slow moving game of baseball might be something to try out.
When I was little, it wasn't really anything you gave a second thought to.
SCHOOLS OUT LETS PLAY BASEBALL!
It's what you just did.
Any more, not so much but... maybe that just changed a little.
Because of our favorite team.
The reason I love baseball so much is that you don't have to be the tallest person, or the fastest person, or the strongest person.
You just have to be good at baseball.
The player who's probably gonna win the AL MVP, Jose Altuve, is 5' 5".
(Yeah he's an Astro and you know how I feel about the Astros but whatever.)
The photographer who took our 6th grade class photo (a loooong time ago) had the girls kneel in the foreground and the guys stand in the background.
You can barely see me peeking over the little girl in front of me.
But... I still played baseball and had all the dreams.
Baseball also evolved.
Today, it's inclusive.
You can be any ethnicity, speak any language, and if you're good at baseball then you're welcome to play.
And the best team in baseball happens to be a pretty diverse group.
Probably somebody knows actual numbers, but I just like thinking it.
How many kids just picked up the game.
How many Taits are saying, "I'm Jon Lester!"
Thanks Cubs, and Marnie thanks for sending the picture and story.
PS: Notice that I didn't say who I thought would be the NL MVP?
But I can say I bet whoever it turns out to be wears a red "C" on his blue hat.
PS PS: Still working on making prints and soon as I know you'll know. I'm trying to do them right - with archival paper and inks that won't fade. Limited number. All that. So hopefully soon and thanks for your interest.