Re: What is the most powerful baseball memory from your childhood?
1) When I was about 5 I used to stand out in my back yard, throw the ball up and TRY to hit it. Out of the 100 or so times I threw the ball in the air I may have hit it once but it was a GREAT feeling when I did.
2) Seeing Cesar Geronimo catch the final out of the 75' Series. Seeing that and the celebration afterwards hooked me to the BRM and the Reds franchise.
3) If age 17 is youth then it has to be winning the Sectional Championship in HS baseball when it was back in the days of single class sports. I played on a small Catholic HS team (Scecina) that has a little above .500 record. We were in the same Sectional as the #2 (North Central) and #10 (Cathedral) ranked teams in the state and also the team that won the Indianapolis City Tourney (Chatard). With the help of a great draw we ended up winning the Sectional. We ended up getting spanked by Jeff George and Warren Central in the Regional but winning the Sectional was hands down an amazing thing and a driving force in why I stay active in the game today thru umpiring and past coaching
"Boys, I'm one of those umpires that misses 'em every once in a while so if it's close, you'd better hit it." Cal Hubbard