Wednesday, July 02, 2008
A member of our family is in the hospital. So, the attention for Sohna and myself has turned from our work and Our Washington Nationals--over to family commitments. And because of this unexpected development, there has been little time to watch the past two games played by Our Washington Nationals. Family is more important. Responsibility to duty which also played out last night at Dolphin Stadium outside Miami.
For a small bit of time I did catch a few innings as Collin Balester made his Major League Debut. Nervous in the beginning, sharp through the middle innings--Balester hung tough in the 5th when most Rookies would have wilted. And came away with his first Major League Victory.
But what I enjoyed the most about Our New Number 40's effort was his Father--Tom. Tom Balester posted up with his entire immediate family from California to see his son pitch in his very first Major League Game. Was this man ever enjoyable to watch and proved again how important family life can be.
After as a funny and endearing interview with Debbi Taylor early in the game as you will ever see. After MASN consistently showed Mr. Balester cheering on his son--as passionately as anybody could support someone. And then seeing Tom Balester tell just about EVERY SINGLE PERSON sitting near him "That's My SON!! That's My Son!!" over and over--You had to love the guy!!
He was great.
And a surfer dude no less. Mr. Balester manufactures surfboards from his hometown of Huntington Beach, California.
Family support is important in ANYONE'S life--at all times. Comfort and confidence comes from those who have your back. Those who are always there for you. And when Mr. Balester mentioned how many hours and days and weeks, unquestionably years, of his life he and wife had given up to drive their son to every single baseball game Collin ever played growing up--you had to appreciate their passion. His thoughts were poignant and endearing. Good Parents provide backbone--their time given up, willingly, to make their offspring's life better than their own. In fact, Tom Balester's devotion reminded Sohna and I of another pitcher for Our Washington Nationals and his Father--the son, Chad, the dad,--Mr. Ed Cordero.
Without ever hearing or reading a single word about Tom Balester before I watched him on television last night--I could see he was as devoted a Father right away. And I was proud for him. And proud that his son--Collin--made him proud in Miami. It was a touching moment. Very special for a Father that had always been there for his son.
Hopefully, Collin Balester can build on his debut performance and become the quality starter and long term success story Our Washington Nationals need. At the mid-way point of the 2008 Season, with all the injuries, all the losses--Our Number 40 could help turnaround the lackluster year we have all witnessed thus far. Besides--who wouldn't want to see Tom Balester around New Nationals Park much more often. That man's a total kick!!
He understands what family is all about. Kinfolk, which Sohna and I always believe are most important.
PS--Yeah I know, Our Washington Nationals lost this afternoon to The Florida Marlins on a two run homer by, of all players, Alfredo Amezaga. The first hitter Charlie Manning faced after a 95 minute rain delay. Sorry Charlie--but you can't let that pest take you deep. No, can't ever happen. EVER. The Marlins just seem to have Our Washington Nationals Number in 2008.