I caught my first ball game of the year at John Thurman Field in Modesto, watching the hometown Nuts defeat the Stockton Ports 4-0. It was a special night, hanging out with a couple of buddies from work and getting an unexpected tribute from the ball club.
Before the game along the concourse I came across Mike Gorassi, the Nuts’ vice president and general manager and a very nice guy. I mentioned that it would likely be my last Nuts game for a while, as I’m taking a new job back east next month.
We had great seats behind home plate, and in the sixth inning the Nuts’ crowd-stirring guy “Mike on the Mic” sauntered over and took a seat next to me. Next thing I knew, I was on camera on the big screen as Mike told the crowd about me and presented me a special Nuts baseball.
That was pretty cool, a delightful reminder of how special baseball is. The ball will be displayed prominently in my new office, to which I’ll bring fond memories of many wonderful days and nights at the old ball game in Modesto.