The Common Good

We Interrupt This Family for Baseball Season

Date: May 31, 2013

On Memorial Day weekend, our family of four participated in six baseball games! Having just returned from a six-week book tour, it was such a refreshing change from discussing our nation's politics, which is all the media wants to talk about and is more and more well, disgusting.

A sign outside our home's front door says, "This family has been interrupted by the baseball season." Both of our boys play, I coach, and my wife Joy Carroll is the Little League Baseball Commissioner -- cool job for a Church of England priest!

On Saturday, we played in the Northwest Little League All Star game, which I got to coach with my son Jack on one of the teams. Our team came out on top, and Joy made 100 hotdogs for a celebration after the game. Our last victory cheer was "1, 2, 3, HOTDOGS!" The picture here shows the enthusiasm of the nine- and 10-year-olds I get to coach every single week. It's what keeps me grounded in real life -- amid the politics of this dysfunctional capital city -- and it's what gives me joy. Coaching baseball has also kept me deeply connected to my two sons, as I write about in my new book.