During spring break the Mister asked Jake a supposedly innocuous question: If you could have an autograph from any major league baseball player, who would it be?
Our older son, who boasts an encyclopedic amount of useless baseball information in his gray matter, didn’t hesitate one bit.
“Billy Martin,” he said. He’s always liked the fiery former player and manager.
After the boys returned to their respective college campuses, the Mister asked me what we were going to give Jake for his upcoming UTSA graduation. Naturally, I thought being debt-free should be enough. However, the doting dad had other ideas.
And that’s why the day after we returned from watching our pride and joy walk across the Alamodome stage, Jake opened one unique present from us.
Yep, it was a baseball autographed by the one and only Billy Martin, scored by the Mister on eBay.
Jake was thrilled! “Most people wouldn’t understand how meaningful this is to me,” he said, as he inspected the signature. “It will always be special to me.”
You’re special to us, sweet boy!