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January 19, 2018

12/13/2017 8:45:00 AM
Wanted: Young adult baseball enthusiasts
If the Windom Baseball Association were to take out a "Help Wanted" ad in the classified section, the ad might look something like this:
"Help Wanted: Young adults with a passion for baseball, supporting youth baseball and spending time at the ball park; minimal time commitment required; be able to lift 40 pounds (occasionally), assist with preseason and postseason maintenance needs around the ball park; enjoy conversing with others about baseball."
Actually, that's just who the WBA is looking for.
Commonly, such an appeal is made to dads of young Windom baseball players, who expect their sons (and, perhaps, a daughter - who knows) to be playing baseball in Windom for years to come. But it could be a dad, or mom, who doesn't have a son (or daughter) who is interested in playing baseball, but just enjoys being around the ball park and supporting the work of the WBA.
In any case, the WBA is looking for those, maybe in the 20s, 30s and even early 40s, to get involved in the association.
We current members are starting to age. Yes, we can still do a lot of the things that need to be done, but we're not going to be able to do it forever. We need to start working some younger blood into the group to keep a good thing going. And, of course, that good thing is the association and the ball park.
And, really, there's only a couple times each year where help is needed. The group gets together before the high school baseball season starts in April and cleans up the Island Park baseball field, puts up the backstop and batting cage netting and maybe fills in low spots around the diamond with agri-lime.
There might be a time or two throughout the baseball season where the group gets together and tackles one or two other small projects.
Of course, anyone who's available, is encouraged to lend a helping hand a couple of weekends in June with the WBA's annual youth tournaments at Island Park.
That amounts to doing prep field work before each game and really takes about 15 minutes before each game.
The other time is right before the start of the football season. The group, again, will clean up the park, trim weeds, put fencing around home plate and pitcher's mound, take down backstop and batting cage netting and also close up the baseball press box and store baseball items away for the winter.
Arguably the best part of the work is when it's done - and everyone sits for a time and talks baseball.
What's the pay, you ask?
Sorry, if you're looking for a financial windfall, you'll be sadly disappointed.
But I can guarantee you'll get personal satisfaction. When you look around one of the nicest ball parks in Southwest Minnesota, you feel a certain amount of pride, knowing that you pitched in to help maintain one of Windom's iconic landmarks.
Invariably, people identify Windom by its ball park, which you can't miss as you drive down Highway 60-71.
And, if you like baseball, you'll enjoy the people with whom you'll be working.
So, if you're in that younger group and would like to be involved in a great baseball organization, call President Don Jackson, 831-4081, or give me a call at 507-822-0870, or here at the Citizen.
We'll be looking for your call and looking forward to working with you in the spring!

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