I have to admit the Bright Star kids have touched me, that group is really a blessing.
The message I get is kids just want to have fun - to run, catch or hit a ball and enjoy a good time with others.
No matter the circumstances.
The Bright Star league players recently threw out first pitches at Lady Cats and Wildcats baseball games I was covering. More than once my eyes welled up with tears. It’s an emotional thing for me watching those youngsters.
They get inside my wheelhouse, that’s my area — baseball and kids.
My son’s birthday is coming up Tuesday, he’s turning 21 and played baseball 15 of those years, nine seasons with me as coach. So yes, I have been to a few baseball diamonds, and seen a several games. And eaten my share of ballpark dust and loved it.
Going to Cooperstown, N.Y,. for the National Baseball Hall of Fame tops my bucket list, I am an avid baseball fan. Heck, I even went to two major league games - one of the Rangers, one for the Astros, on my honeymoon.
Seeing the Bright Star kids participate just does my heart good.
They are so happy and ready to play and compete. It’s a heart-warming thing to witness.
They don’t care if they are in wheelchairs or limited when going around the bases, they are just loving it.
The Bright Star League does something really neat, they provide buddies for each player.
If they are on the bases and in the field, their buddies are there to help them to each catch or throw or hit, if needed.
The Bright Star league currently has four teams with about 60 kids involved in the worthwhile activity.
The league is sponsored by the Lions Club and the Sulphur Springs Baseball Association.
They play each Monday and will have six weeks of game, each about an hour in duration. Usually at Buford Park.
Due to wet and rainy conditions the Bright Star games will begin at 6:30 p.m. today at the multi-purpose building at Sulphur Springs High School.
“They were rained out last Monday, we did not want that to happen again, so they will get to play indoors today,” said official Stacy Cody.
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