Being a little late to the ‘game’, I’m not well versed in all of the machinations that have transpired regarding Sean Durkin being voted out as vice president.
But what I do know is this. As a past volunteer coach for three sons who started playing Northborough baseball as early as age 6 and didn’t finish until the last one was 17 playing Senior Babe Ruth under coach Durkin, I do have an appreciation for the time and sacrifice it takes for a parent to be involved during their kids ‘playing days’. Yes, it takes a love of the game (and it could be any sport or activity, not just baseball), and what that game can teach a young person about growing up. Friendships that begin at this age many times endure throughout the kids lives.
But it also takes time as well, whether it’s ‘free’ time or ‘make’ time, for a parent to become involved. And in most cases, once the kids have graduated from the program, the parent’s involvement ends as well. It takes a unique person who, long after their kids have come and gone through the program, to continue to stay firmly immersed in the program. I think Sean Durkin is that unique person who continues to stay, not just because he loves baseball, but because he genuinely appreciates what life lessons the game can teach the kids - the value of friendship, teamwork, loyalty, being persistent, and empathy – but at the same time, the importance of making it an enjoyable and FUN process. Anybody who has been involved in Northborough baseball knows what ‘Hawks’ baseball is.
We should be grateful for all of the time and energy Sean Durkin has spent over the past 20 years. Hopefully, he continues his involvement because it is through his coaching that he has and can truly make the greatest impact.