I’m lucky. Running my own business means that I can make my own schedule (within reason, of course). That allowed me to join my friends Bill and Rich for a weekend watching amateur and minor league baseball in three Iowa cities: Waterloo, Cedar Rapids, and Davenport.
We’ve done similar trips over several years. I use this time as a way to decompress – no email or checking phone messages at work. It’s also great to drive acrossIowa, where so much of the land is covered in corn or soy, a very different view than what we city dwellers enjoy in our hustle, hustle lives.
There is one part of this trip that I connect to my business: dreams. Every player I watched this weekend has a dream: to play in the big leagues. Most – almost all – will not achieve their dreams. But they are trying. Because of that, I was able to enjoy 3 great games and watch young people test their skills. It was great fun.
This weekend’s post will be cut short a little (I need to unpack and get ready for work tomorrow). Below are a few photos from today’s game in Davenport. Why no photos from Waterloo and Cedar Rapids? I forgot the camera!
Me with the Mississippi in the background
Baseball and corn? It must be Iowa.
A big bridge for a wide river
Bandits' pitcher Boone Whiting -- on his way to Kansas City?