My Daughter - My Inspiration

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					by: Aron Wallad

My daughter Manteee (Samantha) has shown me a path that I like traveling. She has been and
will continue to be an inspiration in my life. Her fearless nature and competitive qualities have
swelled my heart. I am so lucky to have her as my daughter.

She loves playing softball. Her competitive spirit shows up in many facets of the game. As a
second baseman she dives for groundballs that have a chance of getting to the outfield. She races
for fly balls and pop ups that she must get and usually does get. While batting she will take one
for the team. She will allow a hard pitched ball to hit her so she can get on base. She will stand
up to any pitcher, no matter how hard they throw, to get her swings in. On the bases is where she
is fearless. Diving or sliding into a base with no apparent concern for her body has often scared
me. Taking the the extra base when most girls just stand around has earned her a thumbs up from
her coaches.

She has stepped in and played against players, in some tournaments, that are five to six years
older than her. Some of these girls are over six feet tall. My daughter is five feet two inches if we
put her on a stretching table. Her lack of height has been made up by her determination.. Starting
for her high school team as a Freshman was quite an accomplishment. What was even better was
that her coach favors Juniors and Seniors because they have more experience.

Baseball and softball have been a large part of my life. Writing this e-zine about my daughter has
been a pleasure. She has made her dad proud. I feel like I am glowing inside when I watch her
play. I feel like I am the luckiest father on earth.

My fantasy baseball story has come to reality through my daughter. I wanted one of my children
to excel in baseball. She is the one that has carried the ball and bat. She may or may not want to
continue her career after High School. That is up to her. But for now I am able to watch, admire
and feel proud.

I have admired Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Willie Mays and Derek Jeter to name a few of players
that impressed me. My daughter has tied Derek Jeter as one of my all time favorites. They are
both on my top ten list.

This article was posted on April 23, 2005