Sunday, December 11, 2011
2011 Topps Lineage Mini #56 Shane Victorino
Doug recently approached me looking as if the weight of the world was on his shoulders. “Dad,” he said, “I have something to tell you and I hope it doesn’t make you mad.” I told him he could tell me anything and that he should go ahead and just tell me what he was thinking about.
“I don’t think I like baseball,” he said.
I was momentarily flustered, but I quickly recovered and I told him he didn’t need to like everything that I liked and I’d still love him even if he didn’t like baseball. He thought about this and then added, “No, I like baseball and I like the Phillies, but I don’t like watching baseball on TV.” (I was watching something on the MLB Network at the time.)
Admittedly relieved, I told him that when I was almost five I didn’t like watching baseball on TV either. In fact, I used to think baseball on TV was kind of boring. This cheered him up and he asked if it really would be OK if he didn’t like the same things I liked. I told him, “Absolutely!” and then we talked about how my Dad (his Pop-Pop) used to like watching football on TV all the time and I’ve never really liked football.
Before this tender father/son moment ended, I did have one request for Doug. While it would be perfectly OK if we liked different things, I told him that “absolutely, positively, under no circumstances are you to ever root for the Mets.” Doug smiled and said, “Yeah, the Mets stink.” Mission accomplished.
Happy birthday Doug!