Dear Baby Walker,
We are so excited for your arrival! There are a few things you need to know about being a coach’s kid.
First of all, I hope you love baseball. You’re going to be spending a lot of time at the baseball field, especially in the first few years when you don’t exactly have a busy social calendar of your own. You’re going to be at baseball games and practices anyway, so I hope you love it. You’ll go to the gym with the team, probably within your first few weeks of life. You’ll share dinners with college baseball players at our house. They will love you and play with you, and I have no doubt you’ll look up to them or have your first crushes on them. You’ll be around them and around baseball all the time, so I hope you love it.
But, more importantly, I want you to know that you don’t have to love it. You can find your own things to love. I want you to love your own things, and I want to share those things with you. If baseball is one of those things, great, but if it’s not, that’s great too. I’ll be there to support you in whatever passions you choose to follow.
As a coach’s kid, you might feel a lot of pressure sometimes. You might think people expect you to be athletic or to love what your parents love. You may even think that we expect that of you. I will try to teach you all the rules of baseball, and your dad will teach you to play catch and swing a bat. He’ll probably try to get you to throw and hit left-handed to give you an advantage on the baseball or softball field. But I hope you never doubt that you can find your own passions, and we will love you all the same.
We don’t want being a coach’s kid to limit you. Everything we do is to create the best opportunities for you, and those will be the opportunities you choose to pursue.
We love you and are so excited to meet you in August.
Mom and Dad
P.S. I apologize that most of your clothes and accessories will probably be baseball-related until you are old enough to pick out your own things. You have to be prepared for every occasion, and most of our occasions are baseball games.