Bought by the Blood

June 4, 2010

Ken Griffey Jr. Retires

Filed under: baseball,Fatherhood — cubsfan1980 @ 10:20 pm
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There is nothing more all american than baseball.  As I think about fatherhood, one of the iconic pictures that comes to mind is a father and son or father and daughter having an evening round of catch after dinner.  There have been several father-son duos in baseball, but one of the most memorable is Ken Griffey Jr. and Sr.  Junior retired earlier this week and it was almost like a chapter on my childhood closed.  One of the most memorable moments of Griffey’s career came in 1990 when him and his father made history by not just playing together, but also hitting back to back homeruns.  Here is an excerpt from a piece that Sporting News did on the top moments of Jr.’s career.

August 31, 1990 – Playing With His Dad
September 14, 1990 – Back-to-Back Homers
In his second season in the Majors, Junior was joined mid-season in Seattle by his father. On August 31st of that year, the two took the field together for the first time, with Senior playing left and Junior in center. They both went 1-4 on the day and each scored a run.

Perhaps the most memorable father-son moment for the Griffey family came just two weeks later as the tandem hit back-to-back home runs.

For poignancy, no Griffey home run will ever match the one he hit off the Angels’ Kirk McCaskill on Sept. 14, 1990. What made this first-inning homer so memorable is that his father, Ken Griffey Sr., signed by the Mariners at age 40, had just homered off McCaskill, a two-run shot to center. Junior, 20, followed immediately with his 36th career homer, also to center. No father and son had ever played together, let alone hit back-to-back home runs.

you can read the rest of the story here

November 25, 2009

I hope my kids have the courage of Jackie Robinson

Filed under: African-American,American History,baseball,Courage — cubsfan1980 @ 1:01 pm
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This article is a must-read for anyone who is a sports and American History fan.  LeBron James wants the National Basketball Association to retire Michael Jordan’s number, but what would Jackie Robinson say? – ESPN.



“What Robinson did was take black people from the background and he put them in the foreground,” the late Leonard Koppett, one of the best journalists of his era, told me years ago. “For white people, black people lived in the background, even in places like New York. You saw them. You walked past them. They were part of the wallpaper of your life. Jackie changed all that. From that day forward, when he came on the field, black people were present. Now you had to see them. You had to hear them. You had to pay attention to them. He did not integrate baseball. He integrated America.”…

What Jackie Robinson did, in one sense, is more impressive even than the election of Barack Obama. American society — black, Latino, Asian, but especially white — chose Obama to be president. Robinson was forced on a society that for the most part did not want him, either as a teammate or as a symbol of coming change.


October 30, 2009

Friday Are For Fathers

Filed under: baseball,God's love,Phil Ryken — cubsfan1980 @ 1:54 pm
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Back in September I did a “Friday are For Fathers” post on Steve Monforto.  Below is an excerpt on a sermon by Phil Ryken in which he talks about how Monforto’s love for his daughter is only a dim reflection of God’s love for us and how that should change us.

He places in to our hands all of these wonderful gifts.  Gifts we would never be able to catch for ourselves.  We so often throw them away.  Sometimes not even realizing what we are doing, yet he is not irritated.  Yes, he wraps us up again in his love.  We experience that love again and with the reception of that love we have the calling to love others with that same kind of love.  To love even the people who have squandered the gifts we have given to them, to love them and love them again even as Jesus does.  – Phil Ryken

Ultimately it is God’s love that inspires and shows us how to love our families and others.

September 18, 2009

Fridays Are For Fathers

Filed under: baseball,sports — cubsfan1980 @ 1:43 pm

“It was the real glory of the game right there, a father hugging his little girl to assure her that she did nothing wrong, a public rite of passage to which so many parents can relate.”

I love this video!  I posted one version of it on facebook, but MLB made YouTube remove the video.  You can view the whole video at

Varsity Dad is one of my favorite sports blogs, unfortunately the posts there are few and far between, but they have great commentary on the video:

Steve Monforto’s reaction?

He hugged his daughter. And the look on his face has no trace of disappointment, let alone frustration or anger. Just love.

Love for his kid. Love that this is EXACTLY what a 3-year-old is supposed to do. Love that Emily’s lesson from all those catches in the backyard is: Throw the ball!

It was the perfect reaction. It should be used as the model for all parents out there who want to incorporate sports into their kids lives.

April 6, 2009

A quote for Opening Day

Filed under: baseball,diapers,parenting,Quotes,sports — cubsfan1980 @ 1:06 am
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Spread the diaper in the position of the diamond with you at bat. Then fold second base down to home and set the baby on the pitcher’s mound. Put first base and third together, bring up home plate and pin the three together. Of course, in case of rain, you gotta call the game and start all over again. ~Jimmy Piersal, on how to diaper a baby, 1968

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