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Take me out to the ballgame, buy me some peanuts and crackerjacks!

My brother at 8 with the great Casey Stengel, New York Yankee Manager.

When we were growing up, we went to many baseball games, sitting behind Third Base at the old Yankee Stadium in family friend Toots Shor's box. We watched Mantle and Maris battle it out, we watched Yogi Berra hit his famous "short home runs" over the right field wall and we proudly stood and sang the National Anthem. This was family time and pride in being an American watching America's greatest pastime, baseball.

Last night, Japan and the USA battled it out in the finals of the World Baseball Classic. The game went to the bottom of the 9th, with two men out, the game was 3-2 and Mike Trout up with the chance to put Team USA ahead, against arguably the greatest player to ever play the game, his team mate, Shohei Ohtani. Shohei, pitches, fields and hits- he is a phenomenon. Trout struck out, but what a game, what a moment and what a joy it was to watch these two teams give it their all in "America's game".

Does your child play a sport that gives them joy?

Joy is important for all children, make sure your child learns what it is like to be part of a team effort, whether they win or lose, to learn about good sportsmanship, grit and cooperation.

Find a school that inspires and promotes joy, contact Wendy Levey Consulting, we've got this, all things education from preschool through high school.

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