SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Here's to all the moms

Published: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 02:46 PM.

Mom didn't know I was a left-handed hitter. So that first game, as I took my place in the batter's box, she stands up and yells, "You're standing in the wrong place."

The coach turned to her and replied, "He bats left-handed."

Looking back on my baseball career, I might have been better to listen to Mom and take my place on the other side of the plate.

Moms take their kids to practice and pick them up when practice ends. Moms clean the scrapes and cuts and apply a gentle kiss before bandaging the skinned knee or elbow.

Many dads are their son's or daughter's sports hero, but almost every mom is that same son or daughter's guardian angel who heals the emotional and physical hurts of sports and life.

I know that from many years of watching and listening to moms.

And I was blessed to have such a mom in Joan Dickson, who at age 80 remains my biggest fan.



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