By Steve LaMontia, Executive Regional Director
Your name: David Bayer
City or town
of residence: Madison WI
League name:MSBL of Southern Wisconsin
league is based: Madison area
you grow up: Colorado and Wisconsin
and college, if applicable: Madison West and University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse
What do you
do for a living: Agribusiness
to Jill for 14 years. Son Wilker is 12, son Turner is 8.
your baseball resume: I had not played baseball since a kid
before joining the MABL/MSBL. While
playing baseball twice a week is very satisfying, the greatest enjoyment with
the game right now, is coaching both of my sons Little League teams.
What is your
greatest baseball moment, either watching or playing: I’ve made diving catches, stole home more than once and have drove in
runs. But my most satisfying memories are seeing the kids that I coach in
Little League get excited when they experience the success of what I taught
them. The smiles on their young faces now will lead to them smiling whenever
they are around baseball for the rest of their lives.
When did you
start playing for MSBL and how did you hear about it: I am a charter member with our local affiliate
joining the first year, 1992.
Do you still
and age bracket: Managed and played on a
team in our 25+ division until we formed the 35+ division. Now I play for the
Pirates 35+ and for the Grays in our new 45+ division.
What is the
best thing about your league: As most leagues, we have men from all walks of
life where there’s chain of affection for baseball that connects us. When you
have a group of 250 to 300 guys, there is more talent than just baseball.
Tapping into these resources is what makes a President’s job much easier. The
guys that step up to the plate to do the extra things are what really makes our
league remarkable, and I tip my hat to them.
Questions just for fun:
Who is your
favorite player of all time and why: Like most guys, I have more than one
favorite… Ernie Banks – "Let’s Play Two”, Roberto Clemente – Humanitarian, Lou
Gehrig – "The luckiest man on the face of the earth”……
But if I had to pick one, it would be Henry
Aaron. He’s in a class all by himself.
Who is the
best player in the majors right now: The
great thing about baseball is that on any given day, any player can be the best
for that day. And on that day, even the all stars give him a hand.
Who is the
greatest pitcher of all time and why? Satchel
Paige was an Ironman in his day that may have dominated in the majors. The pitcher is the first line of defense;
strikeouts and shutouts…I’d want Nolan Ryan and Walter Johnson on my team.
any additional personal comments you wish to add about your playing or life
thus far? Failure is not a bad thing, as long as you
don’t let it define who you are. Learn
from it and use it as motivation for your next ambitious goal. Get your feet on
the ground every morning with intent and purpose, and you may be surprised by
what you can achieve.