September 6, 1995. I flew to Austin, Texas, to watch a baseball game on TV with the Lad, who was then an undergrad at the University of Texas. The occasion was Cal Ripken’s 2,131st consecutive Major League game, breaking Lou Gehrig’s record. When the Lad played Little League, I rarely missed a game. In McLean, Va., it was not at all noteworthy to see national leaders administration and Congressional, Democrat and Republican working in the snack bar or helping prepare one of the fields. One night, we saw Ripken make not one error, but two. The Lad was literally concerned that we were witnessing early evidence of the end of the world. We had wanted to be together the night that Ripken broke Gehrig’s record. We had dinner in Austin, went to my hotel room, ordered every dessert on the menu from room service and sobbed in concert as, at the end of the fifth inning (thus making it a regulation game), Cal took a lap around the stadium in acknowledgment of the fact that the fans would not let the game re start until he had done so. Over 10 years have gone by. The Lad has gone from being a college student to being a member of the president’s staff to a senior member of the Bush re election campaign and now moving in the highest circles of national politics. In 2005, after 34 years, baseball came home to Washington. Two different clubs called the Senators had deserted the city, so the current team is called the Nationals jerseys, which is a double entendre in that they are a National League team, and they represent the nation’s capital. According to the Washington Post, in the years between Major League teams, the population of the region went from 2.9 million to 5.8 million; ticket prices went from top price of $6 to a top of $95; and gasoline has gone from 36 cents per gallon to nearly three dollars. on the morning of the Nationals jerseys’ first game exactly 12 hours before President Bush was scheduled to throw out the first pitch the Lad came through the arrival doors at Dulles airport, returning the favor of my flight to Austin for a baseball game a decade earlier. Fathers and sons parents and kids have been going to baseball games for over 100 years. This father and this son have cheap mlb jerseys been blessed to have shared unique opportunities over the course of our 30 years together. That opening day was one of them. Baseball has been a continuing thread in our relationship, the Lad and I. On Opening Day 2005, we sat along the first base line and watched a ballgame together, ate hotdogs, worried over defensive alignments, ducked foul balls and went home happy. This year, because of scheduling conflicts, we will miss Opening Day. But, as they used to say in Brooklyn, “Wait’ll next year.” God willing, we will be sitting side by side for Opening Day at the Nationals jerseys’ new ballpark. Life might get better than that, but it doesn’t have to get much better. On the Secret Decoder Ring page today: A couple of remarkable stats (if you are a baseball fan) comparing the Washington Nationals jerseys’ and Baltimore Orioles jerseys’ 2006 seasons, a link to the column I wrote from the Nationals jerseys Spring Training game, the original Mullfoto from that game in 2005 and a Catchy Caption of the Day.ALL THAT PLUS A great edition of Dear Mr. Mullings. GalenThe mission of the Media Research Center is to create a media culture in America where truth and liberty flourish. The MRC is a research and education organization operating under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and contributions to the MRC are tax deductible. Federal employees and military personnel can donate to the Media Research Center through the Combined Federal Campaign or CFC. To donate to the MRC, use CFC 12489. Visit the CFC website for more information about giving opportunities in your workplace.