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Team makes winning play with dad and his son

Published 9:56am Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Dear editor,

A few weeks ago, I took my 28-year-old mentally and physically handicapped son to the Wide World of Sports facility in Disney to watch some of the USSSA softball series that was going on that weekend.

As we were walking in, my son who operates at about a 6-year-old level was saying hello to everyone.

While most people are quietly polite or tend to stare or ignore, several players from the Baugh Ford team struck up a conversation with him.

They asked us who we were there to see and I explained that we were just coming for the day. Vince loves baseball and enjoys coming to the games, but we would certainly be rooting for them when they played later that day.

We were in the stands watching one of the playoff games when several of the players from the team and their sponsor, Mr. Baugh, found us and gave Vince a softball that all the team members had autographed.

I was overwhelmed that they had taken the time to collect autographs from the team and then searched through the stadium to find him. He carried the ball with him all day and keeps it on his nightstand at home.

I wish I could tell you they won, but they lost in a close one.

However, they hit a grand slam with a dad and his son that day and I wanted to thank them in a public forum.

They made the day for Vince and reinforced my faith that there are truly good people in this world.

Thank you and God Bless you.


Ed Grachen, Haines City Fla.

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