Without question, my mother is one of the biggest baseball fans I know. She was a big fan of mine when I played for Wickford Little League and North Kingstown High School in the 1980s and became a big fan of my sons, my nephews, and nieces once they started played baseball in the 2000s – 2020s. Moms play such an important role in the life of a baseball player – before, during, post game. Their place in the stands is always noted by a ball player. And if that ball player does something significant on the field, you can be almost 100% sure that ball player is checking out the stands to see their Mom’s reaction – whether that player is in Tee ball or the Major Leagues!!!
The baseball Mom is a cool Mom. She knows the game well enough to correct a swing or yell at an umpire’s bad call (in her opinion). She comes prepared to games in 20° weather with quilts, scarves, slippers, ski gear, whatever it takes to stay warm and stay in the stands. She comes prepared to bring the enthusiasm meter to new heights for a title game. The baseball Mom is protective of her child and will take a shot (verbally) at the opposing coach if her child is harmed or walked intentionally or mistreated in any way, shape, or form. The baseball Mom knows how to help her child finish his/her Geometry homework, make a killer meatloaf, get the grass/dirt/unknown substance stain out of a game day uniform, avoid a construction zone to get to a game on time, sit for a 2 hour game with only 1 hit, and knows the right kind of ice cream to cheer up a depressed 9 year old after a Spring game. To say that the baseball Mom can multi-task would be a gross understatement.
So, in honor of my mother and all the great Rhode Island baseball Moms I have met in these past years, I would like to officially announce that I am compiling a book (digital most likely) of Rhode Island Baseball Mom stories. Stories about a funny thing that happened on the way to the ball park. Stories about a mishap that turned out to be a blessing. Inspiring stories by a single Mom who worked so hard to get their child to where they are today. It can be a funny story at the expense of a baseball Mom’s husband. It can be an uplifting story about what baseball meant to your family. You can choose to send it to me and attach your name, league, organization, team. Or you can send it to me and request that I withhold all the information and just make it a generic. I will respect your privacy 100% and not disclose your name or any personal information if that is your preference. I will be editing the book so it can be published and read by baseball fans of all ages.
The book, yet to be titled, will available for Mother’s Day, 2021 and a portion of the sales will go directly to charity. I am working with several local Rhode Island charities and hope to zero in on one specific charity that the book donations/sales will benefit. So, if you have an interesting story that you would love to share with other Rhode Island baseball families, send me a message and I will tell you more about the book. I am really excited about this project and hope to raise a lot of money for a Rhode Island charity this Mother’s Day.
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org or you can text/call me at 401.533.0913.
The RIBBE is The Rhode Island Baseball Experience. It is promoting the game of baseball here in the great state of Rhode Island for the entire baseball world to see. The RIBBE is positive stories, photos, videos, and responsible social media posts. The RIBBE is an information resource for families looking for an AAU team or a summer camp or a great place to buy a first baseman’s mitt. The RIBBE is a network of coaches, tournament directors, parents, leagues, and baseball junkies whose passion of the game of baseball is unquestioned. I believe that providing expert analysis, information and directions to ballfields, and coaching advice from some of the top RI baseball minds will help promote the game of baseball here in RI to a whole new level.