Being introduced to sports is like some sort of new world that captivates you in ways you couldn’t possibly imagine. It’s kind of like when you first get drunk and realize there’s this entire world out there that you never knew existed.
And who better to introduce you to sports than your dad? Someday when I become a father I’ll look forward to many moments with my son (or daughter) that I can remember for the rest of my life.
The ones you most remember are usually the “firsts.” Here are five awesome “firsts” father-son sports moments….
First time a bicycle is ridden with no training wheels
As a father there’s no better feeling than teaching your kid how to do something and then watching them do it successfully. It’s such a rewarding feeling because you know you helped them and they’re hopefully never forget that. If you haven’t seen the movie Kramer vs. Kramer then you obviously must. There’s a great scene where Dustin Hoffman teaches his kid to ride a bike. It’s great.
First time in a major league ballpark
I’ll never forget my first big league game. It was in the early 80s and I went to see the Yankees. I got a change to meet Dave Winfield. I’ll never forget first seeing the grass and hearing the crowd. He’ll I was only 5 years old but I can distinctly remember some things. One thing was getting a hot dog with my dad and brother. Those were the days.
First time sharing a beer while football game is on TV
I don’t know if this is really a sports moment but I think it kind of is. I mean I put in “Football” right? Watching sports is definitely sports moment and all kids remember sipping on their first brew. Nine times out of ten it’s while watching a game.
First time they get an autograph and meet a player
My first autograph was Rod Strickland and Joe Morris at Kutchers in upstate New York. I’ll never forget when Joe Morris taking questions and my brother asked him what he could benchpress. What a classic moment. It’s always great when your parents can provide you with experiences like that.
Any first accomplishment (First Touchdown, Homerun, etc etc)
You know the drill here. Golden moments.