Ethan Anderson posted a photo of an old bucket of baseballs on Twitter. A message from his grandpa who used them to give his son and grandson batting practice in the batting cage. Thats where he left the bucket of well used baseballs with a note.
Sport brings people from all walks of life together. Sports have proven to be one of the few bright spots people can unite behind, even during hard times. Sport brings families together to cheer on their favorite team or when playing a casual game in the park and provide us with some of our best memories.
When this 72-year-old grandpa decided to clean up his garage he discovered some old baseballs. He had an emotional moment remembering pitching to his son and grandson in batting practice. He made a decision to act.
Grandpa decided to go to the batting cages and give away the balls for free, along with a touching letter.
My grandad left an old bucket of balls at the batting cages we used to go to with this note on them…. I’m not crying, you’re crying pic.twitter.com/zlQFwNq1R2
— Ethan Anderson (@TheBigE_21) September 28, 2020
As Robinson read on, he discovered that the previous owner had opted to give up the goods since his family had grown up and moved away. While the years have passed and the connection over catch has faded, the note’s author stated that he would do everything to recapture those memories.
WE ARE NOT CRYING, YOU ARE… Okay, we’re sobbing as well, but how could we not? It’s reasonable to say that after reading this, we all want to spend some time with someone we care about. Don’t worry about Grandpa Baseball; his son Ethan promised he’d be back in the batting cages soon to hit with him.
Long said in his message that the baseballs were free and that he wanted someone had as much fun with them as he did with his son and grandson, who are now adults.
Long added, “Hope someone can use some of these baseballs in the batting cages,” adding “I found them cleaning out my garage. I pitched them to my son and grandson for countless rounds.”
Long was a fan of the sport since he was a child. He enjoyed coaching and observing his children. He couldn’t bring himself to throw away the bucket of old balls since the memories he created around those events mattered so much to him.
He believed that by “bequeathing” them from one father to the next, he would be able to put the matter to rest. Long told CBS’ Steve Hartman, “Yeah, I think it was like a sign-off type thing,” adding “Ok, that chapter is gone, let’s see what else is coming on.”
But fate wasn’t going to let him sign off that easily. Not yet, at least. The Robinsons were going to give him some “bases to fill,” unbeknownst to him.
Damn I didn’t expect this. I appreciate the love ❤️ I’ll be going to the cages with him soon don’t worry
— Ethan Anderson (@TheBigE_21) September 29, 2020
“My son is now 46 and my grandson is 23,” he added. “I am 72 and what I won’t give to pitch a couple of buckets to them. They have both moved away.”
Long ended his message with a particular bit of advice for the next owner, whom he hoped would be a father.
“If you are a father, cherish these times. You won’t believe how quickly they will be gone. God bless,” he wrote. “P.S. Give them a hug and tell them you love them every chance you get.”
Anderson expressed his emotions on Twitter, accompanying images of the letter and a bucket of baseballs.
“My grandad left an old bucket of balls at the batting cages we used to go to with this note on them,” he tweeted. “I’m not crying, you’re crying.”