29 May 2011

I Had A Dream....

A lot of people say, "One day I am going to (fill in the blank)!", but few people actually fulfill those long held fantasies.

From the moment it was announced that Washington would have its own baseball team, my friend, Catherine, was in line to buy season tickets. She has been a faithful fan.

On Saturday, she fulfilled a childhood fantasy when she got the chance to throw out the opening ball at the Nationals game.

She stood on the pitcher's mound and threw the ball across the plate to the short stop. I, for one, am inspired.

President William Howard Taft started the American tradition of throwing out the opening pitch. In 1910 he threw out the opening pitch for the Washington Senators. Every President since Taft, with the exception of Jimmy Carter, has thrown out at least one ceremonial first ball or pitch, either for Opening Day, the All-Star Game or the World Series. (Clearly, Carter thought he would get re-elected and have time during his second term.)

Here's to fulfilling dreams.

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