A Cause

A few days ago on Twitter, I ran across the account of @Biking4Baseball. I went to their website, www.bikingforbaseball.org and started reading about what they are doing as a group. Then today I came across @BaseballDreamin, which is another amazing story. There is not a better story than somebody with a great cause, and great conviction to get it done.
Let me start with Rex, Steve, Adam and Chase, who are the guys known as Biking4Baseball riding bicycles 11,000 miles to all the MLB stadiums. These great people are doing this for charity to support youth mentoring programs. Their message is a simple, but important one:

“Your mentor made a huge impact on your life. Now pay it forward, go make an impact in the life of a kid.”

I was fortunate to meet these gentlemen at last night’s Ranger’s game. I was able to spend quite a bit of time with these guys, and learn about them, and from them. They all started this project together. It’s their passion and their life’s work. A few guys riding bikes all around the country to MLB games, meeting fans, and showing that mentoring a kid is important in today’s society. I applaud these guys on their effort, their determination, and their cause.

That brings me to @BaseballDreamin, which is another interesting story. RJ Breisacher is a former military member who served in Afghanistan. According to his blog, baseballdreamin.blogspot.com, he had a dream. One day he decided to execute that dream. He found a group of people that belong to www.ballparkchasers.com. RJ decided to take him upon himself to catch a game at every MLB park. So far he has been to 26 this season alone.

I too am a veteran of the U.S. military, and seeing someone that is able to come home, and have an idea, and then to put it into action gives me great satisfaction. RJ was a pleasure to meet, and I’ll be following his trek until he ends it in Detroit in June.

I am very impressed with all of these fine folks. It was a pleasure to meet them and an honor to talk baseball and life with them. I’m just sad they picked a game where the Rangers got pummeled. I hope you support their efforts and follow their respective journey across our great nation, as I will.

That brings me to this, which is a little SDI inside info. Mike McGehee and I have talked over the past few weeks, about how to get involved in the community. We have gone over several scenarios after many lengthy discussions. I think we finally settled on an idea. We’d like to start a website in conjunction with SDI that is totally dedicated to the writing of kids in the area on the Rangers.

What we’d like to do, is to pick a middle school in the DFW area, and have a class submit articles to whatever we call this site. So, if you are a middle school English teacher, or an Administrator, send either Mike or myself an email, and we’ll get this going. I hope you like the idea, and hope you read it when we get it going.

Patrick Despain is the Editor for ShutDownInning.com. He can be reached at Patrick.Despain@shutdowninning.com or on Twitter @ShutDownInning.
Patrick Despain
Patrick is a member of the IBWAA and creator of Shutdown Inning. He was raised him Arlington, Texas and grew up watching games on HSE and listening to Eric Nadel and Mark Holtz on the radio. He is a long time Rangers fan and never achieved his dream of being a bat boy. He know lives in Georgia with dreams of a Texas return.

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