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Sometimes Baseball is the Best Medicine

Over the years I’ve told many people that the one extra curricular activity I’ve enjoyed the most over my career has been working with minor league baseball here in South Bend for almost 30 years. Little did I know as I interviewed with John Baxter and Jeff Carr, the general manager and trainer respectively for the first South Bend team in 1988, the effect local baseball would have on my personal and professional life.

Many will remember that for the first 10 years at Coveleski Stadium our franchise was affiliated with the White Sox. My children certainly do. My son, Chip, who is now the proud father of three boys, was once a teenage batboy. I likely spent more time with him and my two daughters, Kellye and Dory, here at the ballpark than I would have spent with them at home where we all would have been occupied with our own activities.

It was also the White Sox who initially made it a “duty” of mine to head down to spring training every year to assist with physicals for the team players. If you’re from this area, you know how dreary March is here in northern Indiana with leafless trees, cold temperatures, and scattered mounds of dirty snow. Try a dose of Florida or Arizona for a week of spring training in March and suddenly summer doesn’t feel so far away.

Seventeen years of affiliation with the Diamondbacks franchise yielded more changes and memories as spring training meant a move from Sarasota to Tucson, where coincidentally the White Sox and Diamondbacks shared a two-team complex for many years. I was able to still visit with my Sox friends while making new ones with Arizona.

By then my kids were grown and going their own way, so the ballpark in South Bend became a place to catch up on my journals in the press box, and as I added grey hair, the minor league’s parent
club added more responsibilities. Imagine how I felt when I was asked by the Phoenix physicians to cover the major league games when I was in Arizona for physicals week.

And now another chapter has begun in South Bend baseball with a new affiliation with one of the most iconic franchises in the game –and at a time when all would agree that the Cubs future holds nothing but promise. The excitement was palpable in Mesa, Arizona, from the buzz when Jason Heyward walked into the camp dining room, to the new Sloan Field that was a sell out every game. My wife, Janet, Kellye and I were able to experience the sound of bat on ball in 80 degree temperatures during the day, and then with the Sox at Camelback and the Diamondbacks in Scottsdale, we gathered together in the evening with our old friends from both organizations.

OK. I’m a baseball fan - and this is supposed to be a sports medicine column. So I’ll call this a column devoted to mental health - yours AND mine. Warm weather is on its way, as are hot dogs, fireworks, and pleasant evenings with family and friends. Relax and enjoy them, and build your own memories.

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