I was lucky enough to track down April and get her to answer some questions about her and her adventures.
1. What is your favorite thing about baseball?
My favorite thing? You can’t make me pick one. That is completely and totally not fair! But since you’ve been so nice to me, I’ll give it a try. Let’s see, my favorite thing about baseball is that you can make it as easy or as hard as you want to. If you’re like me, you enjoy looking at advanced statistics called sabermetrics, but they can be a little dry and sometime difficult to talk about to the non-saber types. On the other hand, I always tell the players not to make this game more complicated than it needs to be. At the playing level, it’s a simple game with simple rules. Enjoy being a ballplayer and let us geeks worry about the crazy numbers.
2. If there was one wish you could have granted, what would it be?
That the players from the old Negro Leagues would have had the chance to play in the majors based on talent and talent alone. Jackie Robinson’s breakthrough in 1947 was incredible, but it should have happened decades earlier. Baseball, and the world, would have been all the better for it.
3. Do you believe in the supernatural?
Until this past summer I didn’t, but now I do. There’s a force out there that binds the past with the present and the present with the future. I’ve seen these forces at work and, although I don’t understand them completely, there is no other way to explain what I experienced this summer (we’ll just leave it at that!)
4. What is your biggest fear?
Well, I’m only twelve, so I don’t have many. I do fear that too many of today’s youth are turning away from baseball to play other sports, or none at all. If that continues, I fear baseball may not be as awesome when I’m old, you know, like thirty. Then I see a big influx of inner-city kids at the Little League World Series and I think maybe, just maybe, the grand old game will be just fine.
5. If you could travel to any time or place, what would it be?
Just between you and me, I’ve actually seen a real, live Negro League game from the early 1940s. It featured one of the greatest players no one has ever heard of, Flash Henderson. That was an awesome experience and I’ll never forget it. But if I could use my shadow ball to go anywhere/anytime, I’d go back to the 1941 season and experience both Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hit streak and Ted William hitting over .400. Sounds like heaven to me.
It was a pleasure having you on the blog today, April. You are welcome back anytime. :)
You can find April’s story here: http://www.amazon.com/The-Secret-Haney-Field-Baseball/dp/0991364627/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1410355835&sr=8-2&keywords=rm+clark