My husband Dave’s season of ball with the Manitoba Senior Slow Pitch Tournament League is over and his Eastman team has emerged champions. Normally that would mean that Dave’s Monday and Wednesday mornings could now be devoted to pickle ball instead of soft ball but….. this year he is also playing in an international tournament in Utah in October so some of his pickle ball games will have to be prempted for practices to prepare for that big event. Dave has been playing ball since he was about four years old and was part of the Sunday School league at his church in Leamington Ontario. That’s about sixty years of the sport and if he keeps this up someday it might even be seventy!
Batter’s Up at Dawn
A New Sport for Dave
The alarm rings just after six. We are on vacation. Why are we getting up so early? Right! My husband Dave has a ball game at 8:30 am. It is a forty-five minute drive away. We need to get dressed, stop for coffee, leave enough time to be sure we can find the diamond and be there early so he can warm up. I am going along because after Dave’s doubleheader we are off to the airport to pick up my brother who is arriving from Winnipeg.
My husband Dave joined a slow pitch ball team for our two months here in Arizona. Many of his teammates participate in the same summer league as he does in Manitoba, although some of his fellow players are from other provinces. During the game I sit with another player’s wife who is from Edmonton.
There is a large slow pitch league here in the Phoenix area for seniors who love the game and want to play year round. In fact Dave tells me there are so many different opportunities to play ball here that some of the guys on his team have games practically everyday. Dave is just playing on Tuesdays but he does have a couple of weekend tournaments as well. We witness a beautiful sunrise as we drive to the ball park inside a huge Trailer Resort that boasts a state of the art diamond. Dave tells me the diamonds here are pristine, in much better shape than any he plays on in Winnipeg. I have a nice visit with two other women who have come to watch our team play. They give me tips about good places in the area to shop and eat. The sun is warm and I have fun trying to take some good photos of Dave through the wire fence. He has a couple great hits and does a dramatic dive but just misses a catch in the field. The other guys compliment him on his fast running and I hear them calling him DavieD a baseball nickname I have heard hundreds of times since I have been watching him play ball now for over forty years. After the game we have time for breakfast together before heading to the airport. It’s not so bad getting up early even if you are on vacation.
Baseball in his 60th Year
I slept with a champion last night. Dave and I were in Bemidji Minnesota for the weekend where he was playing in a baseball tournament. Although the road to victory wasn’t easy his Eastman team won the championship on Sunday in fine style. Dave made a great catch that had him jumping high in the air. He had some solid hits and managed to avoid irritating the leg wound he got on Saturday diving for a ball.
Dave has been a champion baseball player many times before. In fact he is in the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame. But he is a champion in lots of other ways in my books. After the final game yesterday he drove all the way home from Bemidji so I could work on a writing project in the car that has a fast approaching due date. Then when we got home he made me his signature spicy Caesar cocktail and a homemade pizza for our supper. Today he’s headed off to train for a new job as a Lexus driver to earn some extra cash for our travel adventures.
I guess I sleep with a champion every night.
Other posts about baseball in Bemidji…..
Baseball in his 60th year
Davey at the Bat
Filed under Family, Sports
When we were in Leamington Ontario recently Dave played in a homecoming baseball tournament at his highschool alma mater United Mennonite Educational Institute. He was playing with and against his cousins, nephews, nieces but no former classmates. I think he was the oldest guy on the diamond.
Dave taking a pitch from nephew Tim
Dave pitches to his nephew Michael
Brother Bill scorekeeping and brother Paul lending moral support
Dave at first base waiting
for nephew Tim’s partner Penny to hit him home
Niece Stephanie waiting at first base
for Uncle Dave to hit her home
Great nieces cheering on the team
Davey at the Bat
Dave Plays Ball in Arizona
Baseball in Arizona
We spent this past weekend in Bemidji, Minnesota where Dave was playing in a slow pitch ball tournament. I was experimenting with the sports action setting on my camera and took this series of photos of Dave up to bat. He hit a triple!
Other posts about baseball…..
Baseball in His 60th Year
Take Me Out to the Ball Game- Osaka Style
Driedger Reunion- Spring Training
Filed under Family, Sports