To the Editor:
I’m inspired to write to you by a letter to the editor I just read in my (now) local paper, The Norfolk Daily News.
There is apparently quite a division in this town regarding youth baseball, and a direct result (in my view, anyway) of this division is a 6A-sized high school whose baseball team achieved a 4-24 record this season.
As you know, Manhattan High School baseball is top-rate, and I believe this is due to the strong (and mostly united) youth baseball program in town.
Not only is the success on the field evident at Manhattan High, but so is the quality of young men whose character is being molded throughout their years on the baseball fields and in the dugouts.
It was pointed out to me when I was in town for MHS graduation weekend festivities that most team members (and many of their parents and coaches) from all three of the Manhattan traveling teams at my son Brett’s age level were present when we dedicated the pavilion in CiCo Park in Brett’s memory. Those were the boys I acknowledged as I spoke.
Many of those boys were on the field this week as MHS hosted the 6A regionals, which they won in order to qualify for the state tournament.
I want to point out that Manhattan should be extremely proud of its youth and high school baseball programs, and at the quality of coaching, parent involvement and community support that is necessary not only to build winning programs, but winning people.