A good game of catch

The role of baseball as the glue that keeps fathers and son together has been documented so often that most attempts to add to it seem cliche anymore. That’s why today’s article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer by Indians beat writer Zach Meisel is a don’t-miss piece.

Meisel tells the story of Indians general manager Mike Chernoff and his father, Mark, who have continued a monthly tradition of playing catch. They started when Mike was 6. It’s been going for 30 years.

Mike, of course, lives in Cleveland; his dad lives in New Jersey.

They’ve played catch in an airport in Chicago and an alleyway in Philadelphia. Each month, a minimum of 25 catches each, no matter the weather.