SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Treasuring the moments

Published: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 06:28 PM.

As much as I hate to say it, I'm a bit of a softy. I still tear up over “The Waltons” or “Bonanza” reruns.

And it's really tough to watch another group of seniors head off for great adventures in life.

Last Tuesday night was one of those emotional nights as I watched Crestview High School’s baseball team walk off the diamond for the last time in 2013 after losing to Mosley in the Class 6A region semifinals.

For some strange reason, I didn't want to leave the field. Maybe not as much as the players or their parents, but I really didn't want the moment to end.

The Class of 2013 was in kindergarten when I started at the Northwest Florida Daily News on Dec. 28, 2000. Class members were in the seventh grade when I came to the News Bulletin in the spring of 2008.

It’s humbling and frightening to think that in some small way I've had a part in the way these young men and women see sports and perhaps even a bit of themselves.

Yes, I have enjoyed watching the teams, but more than that, I've enjoyed watching the athletes as teammates.

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