Growing up in a small town in Indiana we never had a minor league team in our back yard so we all found a favorite player from different major league teams and they became our heros. Mine was Johnny Bench as I was a catcher from Little League through high school.
I continued baseball in the military and later in semi-pro leagues and after age caught up with me I played softball to the age of 51, so you see I do have some background and knowledge of the game and want to try to get the interest of fathers and sons into baseball or any other sport as sports is a building block towards future success in business and how life will be in the future. There are winners and there are losers, but with perseverance and hard work you can be the winner ever if you were the loser once.
The Threshers are a development league and as I see it they should know more than they do either coming from a good high school program or a successful college program. The pitching is exceptional and it is my opinion that these are the players that will move up quickly in the Phillie's organization. The field players all have good arms for their position, middle infield have good range, but lack the instincts of getting a jump on a ground ball and are a step behind a ball that a major leaguer would get.
As I said all the teams I have watched so far have excellent pitching and the hitters have not developed enough to hit major league speed or finesse pitches. But saying that after watching College World Series the second best team players were drafted to the Major League level with less than average batting averages.
Bring your son or daughter to a game early and go to the Threshers dugout area or even to the visitors dugout area and have them autograph a ball or hat. Give them an experience they will always remember. And who knows, maybe the player will be a Hall of Famer some day.
The food is a tad expensive but not bad for a ball park and Tuesdays are a $1 admission and any food item. Sunday they have a $12 all you can eat brunch day.
If your kids get bored send them to the playground or to the berm area and they can roll down the hill, I guarantee they won't be bored.
This is my first blog about the Threshers, if you want more let me know.