The Death of the Parent-Volunteer

I’ve watched the death of the parent-volunteer as each sport season passes. In fact, my own attentive-dad-volunteering vigor has begun to wither so early in this tee ball season. But, it’s not only me – and not only with baseball. Parents just aren’t volunteering anymore – and, because I’ve been suckered into picking up the … [Read more…]

The Force Was With Us in Chattanooga

***Stop #11 on the #MiLBRoundTripper: the Chattanooga (TN) Lookouts*** AT&T Park would have been a perfect landing spot for Star Wars’ Millennium Falcon.  The home stadium of the Chattanooga Lookouts is positioned about 50 steps above the nearest downtown street level – a road appropriately called Power Alley. Fans would gladly climb those stairs tonight … [Read more…]

Lessons About Leadership Learned (and Lost) in Louisville

***Stop #10 on the #MiLBRoundTripper: the Louisville (KY) Bats*** There are a bunch of sports related monuments around Louisville, but my favorite stands in front of Louisville Slugger Field – the home of the Louisville Bats (Class AAA affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds). The bronzed figure making an off-balanced throw in front of the stadium’s … [Read more…]

Keeping Kids Interested When the Game’s Over in the 1st Inning

***Stop #7 on the #MiLBRoundTripper: the Cedar Rapids (IA) Kernels*** The Cedar Rapids Kernels needed a win to secure a playoff berth – and, boy, did they respond! After a 9-run bottom of the first inning, there was no doubt that September baseball in the Midwest League would be visiting Veterans Memorial Stadium in Eastern … [Read more…]