My son played baseball 2 seasons and has gone to maybe 6 baseball games (major league + minor league). So, basically, he enjoys baseball but is not a huge fan. And yet…. he still has 5+ baseballs he wants to display in his bedroom. Two of them are the very important (to him) game balls he was awarded each season by his team. The other baseballs have special memories for different reasons.
With one of the baseballs my son was able to walk out onto the field and have each player sign it at the final game of the season for the Montgomery Biscuits, Yes, that’s correct. They’re called the Biscuits. It’s a great name because when you yell, “Hey, batter, batter!” it takes on a whole new meaning. And you know how during the games they shoot tee-shirts into the stands as free fan giveaways? Well, at Biscuits’ games, the shoot chicken and biscuit sandwiches into the stands. Where else can you have that kind of fun?! I’ve gone to both minor league and major league games in other areas, and I can tell you, that a Montgomery Biscuits game is the most fun.
So, back to reality. When you come home from a fun game with yet another baseball, how is Mom going to display it? At first we just precariously balanced them on the shelf. Of course, if they didn’t immediately roll off while taunting me, the baseball would roll off the shelf within a day. I wasn’t sure at the time if those baseballs were going to stick around. You know how quickly a 5-6 year old boy changes his interests. So, not knowing how long they’d last, I didn’t want to spend anything, not a penny, on display cases. But being a resourceful Mom (aren’t we all?) I figured out a couple of solutions.
The first one was to cut a 1/2 inch ring off of a toilet paper or paper towel roll. It worked just fine, but wasn’t very glamorous.
Next, I noticed a bottle cap that worked great and was a little “classier” than a paper towel roll. (The yucky looking stuff in the bottom of the bottle cap is the glue remnant from the paper insert that was in the cap. The glue barely shows in “real” life.)