I’ve been brushing up on my knowledge of baseball in New Jersey. My family is going to visit my grandparents in Trenton in a few weeks, and I want to be the one that saves my grandfather from going nuts. He’s a huge fan of the game, and likes to talk about it, but my dad and brother are not into sports, and I know my mom, grandmother, and sisters are just going to dominate the conversations.

I’m trying to learn all I can about the minor league and NCAA teams in New Jersey, since that’s what my pop-pop likes to follow. Hopefully we can get together on the back deck and have lemonade in the shade while the women chat all day long inside.

He loves taking me to games, and he’s done it since I was born. It’s also stuck, considering that I’m now a relief pitcher for my high school team.

I’m thinking about going to school up here, and he might be able to come watch me play if I go to a school close enough. I’d sure like to make him proud and have him watch me pitch a shutout for a New Jersey team. I can’t think of anything that would make him happier.