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The date is March 5th, 2018. The weather isn’t quite sure where it wants to go yet, but it’s making me excited for spring. Everyone still believes that stupid groundhog was right. I think it’s time for a few of the greatest seasons of the entire year to come… baseball and fishing. These two things are two of my absolute most favorite things to do in my life. They both have engulfed my family and friends since I can remember, and every year around this time I get an itch to crack a baseball or get a line wet. Both of these things take a lot of patience though, so I guess you could say I’m very patient around this time of the year. Baseball has a lot of buffer time, but if you don’t stay in the game, you’ll look like a fool when it’s your turn to make a catch or go up to bat. Personally I think fishing takes more patience than baseball does. Fishing could go on for 8 hours without a single bite depending on how much patience is around.

I always get excited for baseball. Sometimes it makes me wonder who doesn’t get excited for baseball? I’m sure there is a couple people out there that don’t, and that’s okay because that’s just more baseball for me and the other fans. Baseball is such an important thing to me because it was introduced to me at a young age, and all of my greatest memories from my childhood come from the ball field. My dad and I would load up the bags and a cooler of gatorade and head for our park or a park two hours away. I bonded so much with my dad through baseball, and he never got the chance to play baseball when he was in school. It still amazes me how my dad coached me and my friends but never even played the game. He was a great baseball coach, role model, and friend, and he’s still an amazing father.

My friends, who don’t like baseball anymore, will still come up to me with a huge smile on there face saying, “Remember when…”, talking about a baseball related story. It’s such a beautiful thing to me to see that even though they have moved on from the sport, they have memories with me and my dad that will last a lifetime. I can’t wait until I’m that dad standing on the third base line giving goofy signs to my son telling him to, “Hit the dang ball!” This sport has taught me a lot, and part of that teaching was loving my father.

With fishing you have to know where to throw, what to throw, and how to throw it… I know right? When I talked about patience earlier, I was hinting at baseball, but fishing was the main idea of that point. It’s just tough. It takes so much patience not to snap your pole over your knee when you get your first bite in four hours and it comes off right at the bank. It makes me want to scream on the inside. I’m sure all of this sounds horrible and makes you want to think twice about going fishing, but I’m just talking about the negatives.

Some positives are catching that personal best fish you had been casting for all day. Getting outside when pretty much every kid today is playing video games or doing something they shouldn’t be. That’s why my parents always let me go… as long as there’s nothing to do at the house. Fishing is such a great alternative to doing what most high schoolers seem to like to do today. Go outside, get mad at an animal you can’t even see. Do something that will clear your mind, not your brain cells. It’s really not a gross thing. I’ve fished for a few years now, and I don’t have to touch the worms everyone is afraid of. And if you want to go fishing, you’re more than welcome to come with me. So come on, take it outside this spring.

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  1. Ashli Key on March 7th, 2018 10:21 am

    I think you did an amazing job on this article Brady! I really loved how you explained the bond you and your dad shared through a sport, and I can relate to that a lot with my dad. You took two things and explained them that no one else could, but we all could relate to in some way. Good job!

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  2. Madilyn Hoff on March 9th, 2018 1:05 pm

    I love how you compared two different events that you share a love for! I think it’s nice having an activity to be involved in aside from sports. I like that you have the mindset that fishing can be a get away for you aside from other things. Great article, Brady!

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  3. Gabe Eurit on March 16th, 2018 2:54 pm

    Awesome article Brady! I see that we think a lot alike. I love both fishing and and baseball. It is awesome to see that we have the same interests. I agree with every sentence of this article.

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