Living a Dream…

Gene Strenzel, featured here on Flashin Leather’s Generations post, is “living a dream”.  He is attending  Game 4 of the America League Championship Series at Comerica Park tonight.

This time Gene has his beard dyed Tigers orange.  With Gene are his Daughter, Sara Kazan. Gytis Udrys who also has his beard dyed Tigers orange, and his grandson Nelson Kazan.

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Gene, “it’s not a dream.  But it’s pretty darn close.”

“God I love baseball.” -Roy Hobbs | The Natural

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Generations

Gene Strenzel was born in 1935 and remembers attending the 1951 All Star Game with his grandfather at Briggs Stadium.  He saw “The Georgia Peach”, Tyrus Raymond Cobb, throw out the first pitch and he saw George Kell and Stan Musial hit home runs.

For most Americans the love of baseball is something you’re born with.  It is passed down from generation to generation.  For me, baseball was passed down to me from my Mother.

It all started with game 6 of the 1977 World Series.  I was watching the game with my Mom.  I watched Reggie Jackson hit three home runs on his last three swings.

I was hooked.

Reggie was my man.

Baseball was my game.

Baseball had been passed down to another generation.

On October 7th, 2013, Gene Strenzel attended game four of the American League Division Series with his daughter Jill and Jill’s daughters Elli and Jodi.  Three generations of one family taking in an important baseball game.

Baseball is passed down to another generation.

Here are some photos of their experience.

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“It isn’t heaven but it’s pretty darn close.” -Ray Liota

“God I love baseball.” -Roy Hobbs | The Natural