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Fantasy Baseball

Tue, Mar. 13, 2012 Posted: 06:45 PM

My husband was just a bit past forty when he donned a Major League baseball uniform and played on the Mariner's first Fantasy Baseball team. For the price of a vacation, Thom hit the practice fields all day while our family got a glimpse of the Big Show.

Hosted at the same Peoria, Arizona baseball complex where the Major Leaguers practiced, it felt more real than a fantasy. Coached by former big leaguers, it just added to the aura of fame and fortune.

We dined and slept in the same hotel as these legendary athletes, but none of them had the haughtiness one has come to expect from the elite.

Seeing our eight-year-old son’s admiration and love of baseball they took extra time to coach and encourage him. To this day, passion for sports still fuels many of his dreams.

Of course we didn’t know it then, but this was the last vacation our family ever took together. Time and money got in the way and we all got older and busier. But for that one special week, we were a baseball family in the Big Leagues living the dream—even if it was only a fantasy.

And here’s some advice from someone whose family’s grown and gone: when it comes to spending time together—cherish it. Eventually you’ll have a photo album on a shelf and the memories in your heart.

Karen Farris