When my daughter was younger, we loved sitting down in front of the TV to watch “Little House on the Prairie”. In one episode, there was a scene of Michael Landon walking through a golden wheat field that was ready for harvest and saying “Thank You Lord”. The father and main character of the show had put a lot of time and effort into his crop. He had faith that his hard work would be rewarded so he planted it and cultivated it. His work paid off and he paused for a few moments to be thankful. Sometimes we just need those moments to pause along the way of life and reflect, remember, or be thankful.
This past week, I had one of those moments in reflecting back to 1982-1983 when a small college decided to start a baseball program. They didn’t even have a baseball field to play their games so they ask the city if they could use an old ball field at a park on the opposite side of town from the college. The team not only worked hard to get in physical playing condition but also worked hard to simply get their ball field in playing condition. They worked on the playing field, painted the bleachers, and cleaned the place up so it would at least be presentable enough to host other teams like Mclennan Community College; a powerhouse in Junior College baseball at the time who went on to win the National Junior College Championship in the spring of 1983.
This past week, this small college named Navarro earned the right to try for their own national championship being held later this week in Grand Junction Colorado. I’ve thought a lot about the Navarro team I had the opportunity to be a part of back in 1983; the team that got baseball going at this small college in Corsicana Texas. It’s rewarding to see a program grow, be a success, and to know you were there when the seeds were planted.
Navarro today has a beautiful baseball field on campus and many of its players go on to play at major Universities or get drafted by a major league team. Like the character Charles Ingalls in the “Little House on the Prairie” show, I walked back in time onto the field of dreams come true this past week for a moment to say “Thank You Lord” for the memories.