SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Celebrating the Fourth

Published: Friday, July 5, 2013 at 01:33 PM.

Most of us will never experience anything like that movie scene. But I think there's a part of every boy who has ever picked up a bat and ball that longs for the perfect summer night of playing baseball as Roman candles explode overhead to the tune of Ray Charles singing “America the Beautiful” in the background.

I'm in DeLand this week celebrating the holiday with my family. I'm hoping my dad and I can catch a few innings of a baseball game on TV. Fortunately, Dad's favorite team, the Philadelphia Phillies, and my favorite, the Los Angeles Dodgers, aren’t playing each other, so maybe we will be pulling for the same team.

It seems like only yesterday I was a boy enjoying those endless summers of youth. Sadly, every summer eventually comes to an end, as do all the seasons of life.

In every season we should look for a reason to celebrate. I celebrated the Fourth with those I love. I’m thankful for the day, all the days past and those still to come, that living in this great country allows.

Happy Birthday, America.

Randy Dickson is the Crestview News Bulletin’s sports editor. Email him at, tweet him @BigRandle, or call 682-6524.

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