Now a writer for television, former New York Times and Newsweek writer Rick Marin had no idea when he and his wife, Ilene, moved to Hancock Park five years ago he would spend half of his life watching his boys play sports.
His mini-memoir “Keep Swinging,” recently released as a Kindle Single, is about becoming the world’s least likely sports dad. It’s also about marriage, parenting and surviving a tough year in Hollywood.
Marin hadn’t set foot in a stadium since the last Pink Floyd concert, but that all changed when his then six-year-old son, Diego—whose typical week includes baseball, tennis, soccer and “all the driveway basketball he can squeeze in”—uttered the four most powerful words in the English language: “Dad, will you coach?”
“So when he looked at me with those big brown eyes, what was I gonna say?” asked Marin. “No, I have to clean my iPad? Or ‘I’m too busy watching old Peter Sellers clips on YouTube?'”
Marin had no choice. So twice a week he drove over the hill to Toluca Lake and parked his Prius in a lot full of pick-up trucks loaded with baseball gear. “I pretended to know what the head coach was talking about when he said, “Protect the plate!” said Marin. “I’d steal bits I’d overheard other dads putting out there: “Nose on the ball! Show me your number!”
Then one day, little Eli or Seamus was at bat and I heard somebody yelling “Elbow up! Protect the plate! “Dig, dig, dig!” he writes in the book. “That someone was me.”
Marin says he can now spend hours watching ESPN with his sons. “I’ll take them to Dodger Stadium at the drop of a hat. And when someone shouts ‘Hey, Coach!’… I turn around.
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