“People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.” – Rogers Hornsby
Puddles of melted snow. The sounds of birds chirping and carefree children playing outside. This means only one thing to us at Build Our Ballpark – spring training season. We resonate with the quote from Rogers Hornsby, even after the record-breaking mild winter Iowa experienced these past couple months. For spring represents a fresh renewal in our spirits here at Build Our Ballpark. We get to witness first hand the joy baseball brings to both players and spectators.
After watching spring training games day in and day out, we are reminded that each player got their start somewhere, many in a town similar to Waterloo. And it reminds us that there could be hidden talents lurking in our community that only need the opportunity to play and grow. This is what we at Build Our Ballpark believe in – giving kids a facility where their talents can shine, and where their happiness can soar higher than a pop fly to left field.
But it’s not just the future MLB players that Build Our Ballpark strives to help – it’s the ones that are only playing for the love of the game and the experience. No matter what the batting average or wins and losses of the little leaguer, we believe that baseball strengthens character and skills both on and off the field. We are looking forward to continued progress on the Riverfront Sports Park, and for other opportunities to promote baseball to kids near and far.