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Three Generations Side by Side in Woodland-Davis MSBL


Contributed by Donnie Garcia, Woodland-Davis (CA) MSBL

I’m Donnie Garcia (26) and since 2007, I’ve played in the Woodland-Davis MSBL alongside my dad, Don (50), and my grandpa, Manny (72). Three generations of ballplayers on the same team is special because it’s so hard to do. Either your son is too young, you think you’re too old, you work too much, etc. We have no excuses because we play for each other. We’re currently on the Woodland-Davis Riverdogs 25 and over where we won our first league championship together in 2007.

My dad has played MSBL for over 20 years. He’s by far the greatest ball player I’ve ever seen and he’s 51. He was inducted into the Woodland-Davis Hall of Fame in 2006 and has accumulated numerous championships including an MSBL World Series Ring in 2007 in Florida. I love other people’s reactions when he tells them he still plays: "You mean softball, right? You’re too old to play baseball.

My Grandpa, Manny, started playing MSBL again in 2007. He’s 72 now. He gets the same reactions, "You just coach, right? You don’t really play.” WRONG! He’s our first baseman and when a 30-year-old ex-pro is throwing 85mph+ he’s knocking base hits to the opposite field. He inspires me and gives me hope that I have at least 45 more years of baseball to play!

Our most memorable moment occurred last year in San Leandro, CA on our second team: The Vallejo Old Timers. We batted 5th, 6th, and 7th. I led off the inning with a single to right. My dad comes up next and rips a single up the middle. Then my grandpa singles over second base and I score. It was amazing that all three of us were on fire the same day. Collectively, we finished 9 for 12 with three doubles and six RBI.

All leagues need to implement a father-son rule so we all get a chance to play alongside our dad/grandpa/uncle/any family member. To everyone that has had a chance to play ball with your dad, consider yourself lucky. But how many others can say they have done something as special as I have -- played baseball alongside my two heroes for the past 10 years: my dad and my grandpa.

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