It’s not often that you experience a family reunion on a Wednesday night, but that’s what happened last night when the University of Miami baseball team traveled to DeLand to meet Stetson for a mid-week game. Family drove from Ocala, Dunellon, Jacksonville, New Smyrna Beach, Orlando, and Oviedo for the game and to celebrate John’s birthday.
Even though, the family knew John would be cheering for the Hurricanes, only a handful of those in attendance joined him rooting for the Canes. That’s because Danny, our nephew, wears the uniform of the opposing Hatter’s.
Fortunately, things didn’t get nasty. As a pitcher, and one who’s only recently been released after surgery to his pitching arm, Danny did not see action in last night’s contest so even those cheering for the Canes didn’t have to choose between family and tradition.
My deal with Danny: I ALWAYS cheer for him over any opponent. If he’s pitching, I’m a Hatter. If he pitched and could earn the win after leaving the game, I’m a Hatter. However, it’s all about Danny. If he’s not in the game or if his stats won’t be affected by the outcome, I’ll be cheering for the Canes.
The Canes didn’t come through and provide John with the outcome he’d been hoping for as a birthday gift, but the smile on Danny’s face after the Hatter’s win was a pretty nice consolation prize.
My advice to Stetson, get Danny on the mound. Did you see and hear the crowd cheering at last night’s game? We’ll return and cheer for the Hatters…but it’s all about Danny!
We’re looking forward to more DeLand family reunions.
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