Everyone keeps telling me that I win the “Best Daughter of the Year” award for taking my dad to the Field of Dreams in Iowa for Father’s Day. Yes, it’s true. Just two days before Father’s Day, I hatched a plan to take a road trip from Chicago to Dyersville, IA, to play catch with my dad on the legendary baseball field. There’s more to the story, though. Growing up, I played Little League with the boys, and he was my coach. Baseball was always our thing, and we’d play catch for hours in the front yard. How does life get so busy, that the years speed by? This year, I knew my hardworking dad was overdue for an adventure. So on Father’s Day, I came up with an outlandish idea. I gave him a baseball that said, “Dad, can we have a catch?” If you’ve never seen the Academy Award nominated baseball movie, you wouldn’t understand. Two days later, we were driving down a dirt road to the real Field of Dreams farm. The property remains eerily the same, and as we walked out onto the diamond, the humid summer breeze rustled across the corn fields. Shoeless Joe didn’t step out to join us, and neither did Kevin Costner, but it was a priceless moment just the same. I was going to write a big fancy article for a magazine about the whole thing, but I might not. I might just save this story for myself. We played catch just like the old days until we wore our arms out, I had him hit me some grounders and flies, and then we sat on the bleachers and watched the last rays of sunlight dance across the outfield before disappearing into the fields.
Over the past 10 years, I’ve had the opportunity to profile many amazing Olympians! Two of those athletes, Kerri Walsh and Allyson Felix, will be competing for Team USA this month. Wishing them both health and success on the sand and track! (Back in 2008, Allyson shared where she keeps her medals, and Kerri gave me tall girl shopping tips.)
When Desmond was still with the Nationals, he was the only guy on his team who had the courage to speak at a Faith Night hosted after a game. He was joined by only one player from the opposing team. I admire them for taking a stand for Christ! Ian has an incredible testimony, and I hope his faith journey inspires a reader seeking to fill the void in their life. Ian Desmond>>>
For all of my fellow baseball fans! Here’s a piece I wrote on former Padres’ ace Ian Kennedy. His secret weapon is a long extension point, which means that he releases his pitch later than most hurlers. Batters think they have plenty of time to take that swing…but they don’t. Strike!
Former pro surfer Sean Taylor is Hollywood’s go-to water stuntman! I had the chance to catch up with him today for a unique magazine assignment. The SoCal native shared about his experience doubling for Oscar winner Leo DiCaprio in “The Revenant.” In case you’re wondering, the river scene was the most dangerous of his career. Apparently ocean currents are a piece of cake. Published piece to follow!
LeBron sure got my attention earlier this year when he posted on Instagram that Cryotherapy is part of his daily routine. As a fellow aging athlete with some aches and pains, and a nerve injury, I did a two month experiment. And I didn’t mind running into fellow members like boxing champ Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Check it out in San Diego Magazine>>>
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USS Indianapolis: The Legacy Project. This is my friend, Sara Vladic, who has the ONLY authorized story rights to the greatest naval disaster of all time. She is a shining light of integrity in Hollywood. SO PROUD OF HER! You could have heard a pin drop during the packed private screening of her documentary. Hearing the survivors share a firsthand account of the sinking of the ship (after it delivered the atomic bomb that ended WWII), was deeply moving to say the least. Of the 1,197 on board, over 800 made it into the water. But when help arrived on the fifth day, only a few hundred had survived. For some of them, this was the first time they’d ever spoken of the sinking. Ignore all other unauthorized copy cats in theaters! And follow on social: @USSIndy #USSIndy (Nationwide distribution info coming soon.)