How was your Father’s Day Sunday?
I enjoyed an early-morning message from my son Zach, who lives in St. Louis and is in the restaurant business. I then had dinner with my youngest son Sean his girlfriend Lindsay and my wife of 35 years, Stacy.
Nothing’s better than that.
It was a relaxing Father’s Day that also included a trip to Crown Center’s Musical Theater Heritage to see The Who’s Tommy, a musical adventure that has been thrilling fans – young and old – since Pete Townshend wrote about a deaf, dumb and blind boy back in 1969.
I wouldn’t trade my Father’s Day with my family for anything, but I must admit I am a bit jealous of Ben Merithew – a good friend and teacher at Fort Osage High School. He spent his special day celebrating two tournament championships with his sons, Josh and Jacob.
They both helped their respective 3&2 baseball teams reach championship games on Sunday. Josh’s Impact Athletics slipped past the Wooly Bullys 5-4 and Jacob’s Golden Glove Academy team edged Prime Baseball 5-3 in the 3&2 Summer Slam.
Both of his sons pitched in key games to help their teams reach the title contests with Jacob playing second base and Josh third in the championship games.
While the day ended in perfect fashion, it got off to a nightmarish start because of the heavy rain and winds that pummeled the metro area Saturday night.
“Everything started about three hours after it was scheduled,” Ben Merithew said, “so it made for a long day. But I’m not complaining! I’m not complaining at all.”
The two games were played simultaneously at the 3&2 Baseball Complex in Shawnee Mission, Kansas. While Merithew was thrilled with both victories, he only got to see one.
“I was at Jacob’s game and my wife Merilee was at Josh’s,” the proud dad said. “We always text each other if we’re at different games, but Merilee’s phone was dead, so I made a trip over to the field where Josh was playing.
They were about 300 yards from each other in the same complex. Merilee could look over and barely see the scoreboard at our game, but I couldn’t see the score of her game.”
Of course, Ben wishes he could have seen both his sons play.
“I wish the games would have been played at different times so Merilee and I could have seen each game, but we’ll take the final results,” he said, chuckling. “It wasn’t perfect since we couldn’t watch each game, but even a bad day of baseball is better than a good day at work.
“And this was a great Father’s Day and a great day of baseball for our family.”