I am not very athletic
There is something special about your first baseball glove. If you met me, you would not expect me to be a very big fan of baseball. You see, I am not very athletic, and I have never been very athletic. I am more of an egghead actually. I love math, chess, and video games. As a matter of fact, on your average day I am more likely to play a baseball video game than play catch. Nonetheless, there is one thing about my baseball glove that makes it so valuable to me that words can't capture it: the connection it gave me to my father.
Bonding with the father
You see, playing catch is something that fathers and sons have been doing in this country for generation, and it is something that they will continue to do for many more years. A baseball glove is a way for a young kid to bond with his father. My dad was a pretty typical American dad. He was kind of quiet and stern, and had a really hard time expressing his feelings. When we went outside together and played catch with our baseball gloves, however, I knew how much I meant to him. Baseball mitts - and baseball in general is good for that. It can bring people together who would not be able to talk as freely otherwise.
Bonding with the son
My dad knew that I did not want to be on any baseball team and, to his credit, he never pressured me to join. All I wanted to do was to play catch with him and run around, as well as occasionally shoot hoops with my friends. My own kid is a lot different than I was at that age. He loves anything and everything that has to do with sports, and I don't know where he got it from. Never the less, when I got him his very first baseball glove, he looked at me with the same look of joy that I gave my father when he got me one. At that point, I knew that he was really and truly my son, and I was his dad.
New glove and old glove
We would play catch every day that summer, him with his new, shiny baseball glove, and me with my old, worn down one. It was usually a quiet time, but it was always a lot of fun. I think that it might have been the best summer since when I was a kid.
To you father all around the world.