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MEET A FAN

Ron and Matthew Graves
Wednesday, October 27, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 6:13 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

When it comes to Power Rangers or Pokemon cards, Ron Graves doesn’t see eye to eye with his 5-year-old son Matthew.

But father and son do share the bond of baseball, and it’s growing stronger during this year’s postseason play.

Graves, 39, is the director of development at Rainbow House and a former president of Columbia’s Daniel Boone Little League. He’s been a coach for 15 years, but this summer was the first time he was able to coach Matthew.

“After coaching other people’s kids for so long, it’s really great to be able to coach my own son,” Graves said. “It’s an awesome thing.”

An avid Cardinals fan, Graves’ little league team had to settle for the name Cubs this year.

“The Cardinals were already taken,” he said.

For Graves and his son, baseball is a bridge across the generation gap.

“The cartoons that my son watches and things like the Pokemon cards and stuff are so far away from what I grew up with, but the other night, he stayed up until 11 watching the Cardinals. The next morning he woke up and the first thing he asked was if they had won.”

Graves attended the chilly Game 2 of the National League playoffs against the Houston Astros.

“It was a little wet, but it was awesome,” Graves said.

Aside from the love he and his son have for the game, Graves relishes in the special bond baseball creates between them.

“All the things that kids have now is all just so foreign to me,” Graves said. “It’s neat for me to see him interested in something that I am interested in.”


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