Just recently, when 72-year-old Randy Long was cleaning his garage, he noticed some of the practice baseballs he used to toss around with his son and grandson.
Remembering how useful they might be to a new generation of kids, the Montgomery, Alabama senior took them to a local batting cage, where he left them along with a sentimental note that could bring anyone to tears. The note reads:
Hope someone can use some of these baseballs in the batting cages. I found them cleaning my garage. I pitched them to my son and grandson for countless rounds. My son is now 46 y/o and my grandson is 23 y/o. I am 72 and what I won’t give to pitch a couple of buckets to them. They have both moved away. If you are a father cherish these times. You won’t believe how quickly they will be gone. God bless.
P.S. Give them a hug and tell them you love them every chance you get.
Ethan Anderson, who happened to be Long’s grandson was touched and so decided to tweet about the generous gesture of his grandpa. However, he was surprised to see that the post went viral.
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The family got to know the full impact of the story when the news outlets contacted them; however, Anderson says though his grandfather has been taken aback by the attention he has got, he’s not really a fan of social media.
Anderson, while speaking with ESPN said:
He is still not completely sure what Twitter is. [He] even calls hashtags ‘hashbrowns’.Anderson
In another interview with CNN, Anderson revealed how amazed he was regarding the positive feedback:
I’ve had a lot of kids younger than me telling me they’ll cherish the times they have in the cages with their dads or grand-dad. How they won’t take it for granted anymore.