To say that baseball was a big part of my life
growing up would be understating reality. Tee-Ball and Little
League in South Suburban Park Forest, followed by Pony League in
Crete, and later Colt League in Davenport, Iowa - I played a ton of
ball before hanging up the cleats after my junior year of high
It was in those early days, though - during
Tee-Ball and Little League - that my interest in Chicago's
professional teams really took hold.
Being from the far south suburbs, the White Sox
were generally my team of choice. My Little League team was named
the "White Sox" and we even had replica uniforms based on the 1983
look - which the Sox actually brought back for select games this
While the White Sox had become my default team by
design, I eventually grew to appreciate their North Side rivals as
well, often citing to friends that the Sox and the Cubs were in two
entirely different leagues, thus making it perfectly acceptable to
Over the years, I attended numerous games at Old
Comiskey Park and the place now known as "U.S. Cellular
Field" (which is still New Comiskey Park as
far as I'm concerned), but in 36 years of life, I had
never stepped foot inside Wrigley Field, despite living in the
northern suburbs since 1998.
That changed this weekend.
The Cubs played the Atlanta Braves and I took my
girls to their first baseball game.
Over the past month, Major League Baseball has been
working with Dove Men+Care to showcase a number of professional
baseball players in their most-important off-field position:
Dove Men+Care and the MLB brought together seven of
Chicago's 'Big League Dads' - an all-star lineup of dad bloggers
that are known for sharing their stories of fatherhood with the
world. Along with our families, we enjoyed an afternoon of baseball
at Wrigley Field. Among those in attendance were Bobblehead
Dad, Dad on the
Grounded, Robert Duffer of The Good Men
& Families, and yours truly
representing The Rock
Father and Chicago
There were a lot of smiles in the "Friendly
Confines," and we marked our big first game by getting the girls
hooked-up with complimentary "First Timer's Certificates" as
keepsakes. Friends were made . . . dances were
done . . . and after the game the whole family got
to take part in a special "Run the Bases" event. My oldest, with no
coaching whatsoever, even decided to attempt a slide into home
The Cubs ended up losing to the Braves with a score
of 5-2, but that wasn't important. I got to spend a beautiful fall
afternoon in Chicago with my girls and that's a big win.
Known as The Rock Father, James Zahn is a work-at-home dad raising a pair of young daughters while his wife works outside the home.
See more of James's stories here.
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