A piece I wrote for JustBats.com.
We’re always looking at how we’re different from one another:
whether it’s political beliefs, religion, race,
who your friends are, or who your enemies are.
When I was five years old I already knew all of these differences.
So did my brother, and we didn’t exactly get along.
Then he handed me a bat, and taught me to hit a ball with it.
And suddenly, we had something in common.
I learned how to play a game,
but it’s so much more than a game.
It was where I learned that even if you’re taller than me
I can still out-hit, and out-run you.
It was where I learned how to fail, and that it was okay
because you were going to fail too!
I learned that enemies could be friends.
It’s an incredible game.
Baseball changed everything for me
by teaching me that when you step up to home plate
with a bat in your hand
no matter where you come from,
who you are,
what you’re used to,
or what you know –
you’re still ninety feet away from first base.