Father’s Day at Nationals Park brings back fond baseball memories!

Sometimes it’s the little things in life that you grow to appreciate.

After Sunday’s game against the Blue Jays, the Nationals will hold their inaugural Father’s Day Catch at Nationals Park. A group of 150 Nationals fans will be able to take the field and play catch.

This notion brings back memories of the game of baseball and how it helps families become closer.

I remember as a little girl growing up in the Granite State and going to Fenway Park with my Dad. We would make the 55 minute drive from Nashua, New Hampshire to Boston. I have two brothers and two sisters, so it was always special to have the chance to spend an entire day with my Dad and have him all to myself! I can remember sitting in our seats behind home plate and watching the likes of players ranging from Jim Rice and Carlton Fisk to Tim Wakefield and Jason Varitek.

Not too long ago in 1999, my Dad and I went to the All-Star game at Fenway Park. We went to Boston for an early dinner at Legal Seafood and we saw Carlton Fisk, my all-time favorite player. Since I was from New Hampshire like he was, and because I had interviewed him before, he remembered me, and it was nice to be able to introduce my Dad to him.

But, the highlight of the evening was at the game. As you might remember, Ted Williams was honored before the 1999 All-Star game. The moment brought the entire ballpark to attention.

A few weeks before the historic night, I interviewed the Splendid Splinter at his home in Florida. He asked about my family and my Dad. I told him we were going to the All-Star game together. Ted said he’d like to meet my father and that I should look for him at the game. Of course, I did.

We went up to the private suites level, and Ted took time to say hello and meet my Dad. It was a special moment for both of us. Then we walked downstairs and headed back to our seats. The rest of the evening we enjoyed the game and then the drive back to New Hampshire.

Sometimes it’s the little moments in baseball that you look back on and appreciate. So on this Father’s Day, I’m enjoying reminiscing about the bond baseball has made between a father and his daughter.

Happy Father’s Day, Dad!