Grandpa’s emotional note on a bucket of old baseballs touches the hearts of thousands around the world
For some reason, it’s always the littlest gestures that end up making the greatest impacts, and a simple note left by a grandpa reminiscing about enjoying baseball with his son and grandson, has now touched the hearts of thousands around the world.
Randy Long, grandfather to Ethan Anderson, left a bucket of old baseballs at the batting cages they used to visit together. The hope was that some future kids would get to enjoy making memories with them as Long did with his family.
Before leaving the bucket of memories at the cages, Long attached an emotional note to it, writing:
“Hope someone can use some of these baseballs in the batting cages. I found them cleaning my garage. I pitched them to my son and grandson for countless rounds. My son is now 46 y/o and my grandson is 23 y/o. I am 72 and what I won’t give to pitch a couple of buckets to them. They have both moved away. If you are a father cherish these times. You won’t believe how quickly they will be gone.
P.S. Give them a hug and tell them you love them every chance you get.”
Anderson’s grandmother snapped a picture of the moment and sent it to him. Anderson, overcome with emotion, proceeded to Tweet the message, where now it’s been liked over 200k times.
My grandad left an old bucket of balls at the batting cages we used to go to with this note on them…. I’m not crying, you’re crying pic.twitter.com/zlQFwNq1R2
— Ethan Anderson (@TheBigE_21) September 28, 2020
Anderson, who lives in Birmingham, Alabama, only lives about two hours from his grandparents in Montgomery.
“I get to go back and visit every now and then, just didn’t realize that he missed hitting in the cages, I guess,” he said. But the long-time buddies now have plans to go together this weekend.
“He’s very excited,” Anderson said laughing.
Anderson said he was shocked at how many strangers have reached out to him about the note, from older folks happy to be reminded of the good old days, to high school students reassuring themselves that they’ll cherish each moment.
“I’ve had a lot of kids younger than me telling me they’ll cherish the times they have in the cages with their dads or grandads,” he explained. “How they won’t take it for granted anymore.”
As for the 72-year-old grandpa, he’s “just shocked, really,” Anderson explained as to how far his little note has reached.
“He was just trying to give away some free baseballs,” Anderson said. “He doesn’t really know anything about social media really at all.”
Anderson added that when his grandfather heard ESPN was interested in the story, that’s when he finally understood. “He was like, ‘Wow, this is crazy,’” Anderson said.
“I was the same way when I was younger, sometimes I didn’t really want to go to the cages but now looking back on it, it was some really good memories,” Anderson said. “I just hope everyone can kind of take away they need to cherish those moments while they have them.”
Fond memories are powerful – in an instant, they can sweep you off to a place where happiness floods your heart and gratitude fills your body. In that moment, you feel untouchable, and that our dear readers, is ‘majic’ at it’s finest!