Legends On Deck

Any Game Is A Good Game

There are many instances in life when a parent or grandparent say something that sticks with you forever.  Sometimes it is words of wisdom or certain things to live by, and other times it is just a phrase that just sort of makes sense.

When I was nine years old my grandmother passed away.  Not wanting to give up his home or move into an assisted living facility, my grandfather had asked my family to move in with him.  It sounded like a great idea at the time but there was certainly growing pains for everyone. It wasn’t all sunshine and roses as we were living with someone who just lost his spouse of over fifty years.  He went from living with her alone (after raising four children of his own) to now having my parents, brother, two sisters, and myself.  There was a learning curve that we never really got the hang of, but there was one day that sticks out the most in my mind.

I remember wandering into my grandfathers bedroom one day while he was watching baseball.  At this point in my life I had already played little league for a few years and was a collector of baseball cards.  I was more enamored at the photos as opposed to the statistics on the cards but did hold a basic understanding of what was going on.

I can’t quite remember who was playing or what time of the year it was, but I do remember the conversation.  It was short (as were most conversations with him were) and to the point.

“Hey Pop” I said, “What team is your favorite?”

“John” he said probably just trying to get me to leave him alone, “Any game is a good game”.

My question wasn’t exactly answered at the time, but as I grew older it made a ton of sense.

It took me until my pre-20’s to realize that he was right.  I took a break from baseball for a bit because I thought football was so much cooler. When I found my way back I realized just how glorious this game actually is.  I fell in love with it all over again.  This time though the love quickly became an addiction.  I needed to watch highlights every single day, read about the games in the paper (there really wasn’t internet back then), or attend games in person.

I kept going back to that phrase “Any game is a good game”.  Living by that in a “baseball sense” provided me the ability to watch any game featuring any team at virtually any time.  I started learning more about what goes on before a pitch is even thrown.  So much goes on that it is mind boggling, but makes it that much more interesting.  I try to explain it all of the time with people who think baseball is boring and can get through to some with excitement in my explanation.

So that brings us to the present day.  With everything that I have grown so passionate about, I couldn’t find a better way to share it with you then go “all-in” with Legends on Deck.  A platform designed to fulfill all of my baseball needs, as well as all of yours.  We are very dedicated and will do everything we can to share our excitement about everything in the world of baseball with all of you.

Sometimes it will be just basic news type pieces, other times it will be commentary and opinions on just about everything.  The baseball world is our oyster and I hope you all keep coming back.  We are always open to helpful suggestions and will do what we can to make this place one of your stops while surfing around on the internet.

John Ginder


  1. John Ginder

    December 19, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    It’s funny because as I got older we got a little closer before he passed away. Unfortunately though I wasn’t into baseball as much by that time and I really missed out sharing his passion with him.

    It is such an easy game to watch and love and I hope I can share that with my boys. I have them hooked on hockey so far so it may not be that difficult.

    Thanks for reading.

  2. Rik

    December 19, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    Couldn’t agree with your granddad more: I’d watch any teams play ball before I’d watch almost anything. Sounds like your gramps missed a chance to connect with a like minded soul right there. At least you recall the words and can look back and say “We had a lot in common”.

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