My late husband, Morty, loved baseball. He'd watch it in the spring and summer and before that, he'd listen to it on the radio. The kids even got him baseball "outtakes" on video one year!
He still has his baseball bat from when he played as a kid. He was first baseman on his teams growing up. That's a very important position (as I found out from him) because you have to be very fast and on your toes at all times. The runner goes there first! He loved batting the most, though.
He took our two boys, & our daughter when she wanted to go, to the batting cages often when they were growing up. They played on teams until high school, when they found other passions.
Morty was definitely disappointed when the boys gave up playing baseball. I know he was hoping one would stick with it and became a Major League baseball player. That was his dream.