Do you ever have random memories that come back to you? That happened to me today. I was talking to Melissa who was watching the Lion King in 3D on her super wicked TV when I asked her a random question. “Did you have a crush on Jonathon Taylor Thomas when we were younger” She said no. I just remembered my older sister, Stacy, had posters and Pictures of JTT all over her room. That brought back a pretty good memory for me.
When I was in 3rd grade my parents moved us to a new house in the small town of Findlay, Ohio (Hometown of Ben Rothlisberger). My parents asked me how I would like to decorate it and right away I informed them I wanted it to be red! They shot that down pretty quickly. Apparently Red was too bold of a color. So I went with my second choice. I chose for the walls to be blue. The border at the top of the wall was baseball bats and baseballs. My light switch was a baseball and my lamps were bats.
That triggers another memory. Around the time I had gotten the new bedroom I had to start attending a new school. I was kind of shy so I went to the Library. I don’t remember the name of the book or exactly what it was about. I just remember it was about the struggle of being a pitcher. It was a short children’s novel of 150 pages or so. I can remember the picture of the kid standing on the mound on the cover. I checked it out of the library like 10 times that year. I also did my best to read every baseball book in that library.
A short time after my grandfather passed away I remember my grandmother cleaning out his office. His office was amazing. He had bookshelves built into the walls and they were all full. My grandmother gave me several of his books. The one that sticks out is a book my Sparky Anderson. I don’t remember exactly what it said but I’m rather saddened it got ruined in a flood when I was away at basic training for the Army.
I love that these memories came back to me. Baseball was such a huge part of my growing up. I can’t believe I hadn’t thought of these things in many many years. It’s so exciting being able to take a look at my baseball past.