By Brian Gray
July 13, 2007
"Batting cages? What are
those? I just take these white pills and look at me now!"
- Barry Bonds
As I look back at my upbringing up in Ketchikan I think I was
kept in the dark a little bit about the advantages the rest of
the worlds kids had over us. I didn't know enough about what
other cities did to help their kids grow up to be better ball
players. I didn't know what it took to be a better ball player.
I didn't know what dedication it takes to be a great ball player.
Heck, I honestly don't know I even wanted to be a ball player.
It wasn't until I left Ketchikan (well after my playing days
were over) that I realized what a disadvantage Ketchikan kids
have. For those that already know they want to be a ball player,
they're really in for an uphill battle. It's certainly not a
battle that can't be overcome, but it's certainly a difficult
If someone in Ketchikan wanted to take the business risk at building
a facility, I would applaud them. I wonder if there's a way that
the kids playing the game can demand such a facility? It's probably
a chicken-before-the-egg thing. That being said, I think such
a facility would help open the eyes of some youngsters and perhaps
further develop some talent that nobody has seen. Maybe one youngster
in Ketchikan will be the ball player that I didn't seem to be.
I could only hope.
Kansas City, MO
Received July 12, 2007 - Published
July 13, 2007
About: "20+ year Ketchikan
resident and Little League baseball player."
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