Ethan Anderson’s grandfather Randy Long was cleaning out his garage and found a whole bunch of baseballs in a bucket. Trying to get rid of them he decided to leave the bucket of old balls at some nearby batting cages where he used to take his son, and Ethan, with a note letting people know they were free.
Only, that’s not the only thing the note said. It’s what else was written on it that has caught the attention of the internet as well as the news world; including ESPN. Randy’s wife apparently decided to send a photo of the letter to Ethan who tweeted it out.
Hope someone can use some of these baseballs in the batting cages. I found them cleaning my garage. I pitched them to my son and grandson for countless rounds. My son is now 46 y/o and my grandson is 23 y/o. I am 72 and what I won’t give to pitch a couple of buckets to them. They have both moved away. If you are a father cherish these times. You won’t believe how quickly they will be gone.
P.S. Give them a hug and tell them you love them every chance you get.
Anderson, who lives in Birmingham, Alabama, is just about two hours away from his grandparents in Montgomery. “I get to go back and visit every now and then, just didn’t realize that he missed hitting in the cages, I guess,” he said. They plan to go together this weekend. “He’s very excited,” Anderson laughed.
He said his grandad, 72-year-old Long, is “just shocked, really,” as to how far his little note has reached. “He was just trying to give away some free baseballs,” Anderson chuckled. “He doesn’t really know anything about social media really at all.”
Anderson said he’s been touched by how many regular people have reached out to him about his grandfather, from older folks happy to be reminded of the good old days to high school students. “I’ve had a lot of kids younger than me telling me they’ll cherish the times they have in the cages with their dads or grandads,” he explained. “How they won’t take it for granted anymore.”
“I was the same way when I was younger, sometimes I didn’t really want to go to the cages but now looking back on it, it was some really good memories,” Anderson said. “I just hope everyone can kind of take away they need to cherish those moments while they have them.”
Mr. Long’s love for his children, both his son and his Grandson, and the way he managed to inspire hundreds of families to play, is your Good News Story of the Day today. Find it in full here. And you may not have a Grandfather to go spend time with, or a Dad, or a Son, but if there is someone who you have cherished memories with that you can spend time with, try to do so. And tell them you love them.
Story and Image from Today.