A few years ago, I was asked by the ABC television news show 20/20 to be interviewed about issues involving safety in youth sports. They were doing a report on the heartbreaking story of a child who began playing baseball in the first grade.
I've never met Derek Jeter but having watched his entire career I'm willing to bet that if asked how he feels about being a role model to so many fans, he would say he was just doing his job the best way he knew how.
With the costs of baseball soaring and participation in America's pastime declining, one man has set out to give children around the world an opportunity to enjoy baseball by providing them with free baseball equipment.
The umpire swept home plate. An announcer tested the PA system. A parent propped open the concession stand door. And the tiny round lights of the scoreboard flickered on. When the boys ran to the dugout, more than a few screamed in excitement, "They're going to keep score tonight!"
The Japanese people are very special. The strength and honor that they have demonstrated as they work through the tragedy of March 11 is remarkable. They are a very friendly people who love their baseball just like us.