As we celebrate the Fourth of July today, I nearly always associate baseball, the national pastime, to this special holiday.  I grew up in Japan but I remember when our family visited my Uncle John and his family in LA when I was 8 years old.  We took in a doubleheader between the Angels and A’s.  I don’t remember too much about the games but I remember the fireworks … and, also when they let the kids run around the bases.  As an 8 yr old, my dream was to become a professional baseball player … so that was a memorable and awe-inspiring experience.

For those of us who grew up in the greater Washington, DC area, we didn’t have Major League Baseball here for over three decades.  So, a generation of kids didn’t get to enjoy this special July 4th / baseball experience.

Fortunately, since the middle of last decade, we now have our Washington Nationals.  Although they’re only playing .500 ball right now, there’s no complaining from me.  I’m still elated to have MLB action right here in DC.  Nats Park is a beautiful ballpark and the team has built a great foundation of young talent.  The future is bright for the Nats.

I’m heading to Nats Park shortly with one of my best friends to take in the Nats / Brewers game, which has an early 11:05 am start.  Looking forward to good baseball action, great friendship, a Ben’s Chili Dog and a beverage (or two or three).

My best wishes to all for a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July.  Happy Independence Day, USA.