Updated: June 11, 2013 11:17PM
For as long as I can remember, I have had a baseball game on Father’s Day. But that hasn’t prevented my family and me from creating memories on the holiday every year.
Nothing is better than a home game on Father’s Day. I am able to wake up with my sons and bring them to the ballpark. It’s always fun to watch the three boys, ages 11 and under, soak up the atmosphere in a big-league clubhouse. Watching them run around serves as a good reminder to my teammates and me that we are so fortunate to play this game for a living.
Baseball has always created a special bond between fathers and sons. Whether you’re playing catch with your dad in the backyard as a kid growing up in Alabama like me, or you’ve been blessed to be playing catch with your sons on a Major League field before your team’s game, the emotions are the same. So are the memories that will never leave you.
When I’m on the road, Father’s Day usually becomes a travel day, which means I get home early in the evening. I get back at the house around 6 or 7 p.m., and my kids are always eagerly waiting for me, doing what they can to make the day special — and they always succeed.
They make something for me every year, or simply write me a note. And as cliche as it might sound, it is absolutely the thought that counts. Those truly are the best gifts on Father’s Day. It’s all about the sentimental value.
Of course, my Father’s Day is not just about my children — it’s about my father as well. My ideal Father’s Day would be spending time with my sons, my dad and my grandfather. Getting all the men together and spending an afternoon out on the lake behind the house in Alabama, just logging some quality time with each other. Unfortunately, in life, these times are often too limited and precious. That’s why we must take advantage of those opportunities whenever they come along.
This year, I lost my grandmother, and there is nothing I would not do for more time with her. My foundation is now raising funds earmarked toward cancer research in the memory of Dama Lolly, who lost her battle with cancer Jan. 14.
To help raise money, I’m hosting the Jake Peavy and Friends Charity Jam on Sunday, June 23. The concert will take place at Joe’s on Weed Street, and tickets are available now on Ticketmaster.com. I’ll be joined by some incredibly talented musicians from Nashville, and it should be a fun evening for a great cause.
I cannot promise it will be as fun or memorable as spending time with your kids or dad on Father’s Day, but then again, nothing really is.
This Father’s Day — no matter your age — I urge you to take your son or your father out into the yard and play catch. It’s a memory neither of you will ever forget.