The Washington National's Stadium sits in my parish. On a summer night, I can sit in my backyard and hear the roar of the crowd. Being just blocks from the Capitol, we also have our fair share of Republicans and Democrats. They may not agree on much, but my "reds" and "blues" all have a Nats "W" on them.

There seems to be less and less that parents can let their children watch or surf, but baseball is still safe. Not only is it safe, but actually I contend that baseball is good for the family. So if you're one who fears that arrival of spring can mean the temporary loss of your loved one, I have five reasons baseball is good for your family.

1. Mirrors Life - Baseball begins in spring and ends in the fall. It's just like life. Baseball has 162 games in a regular season. If you lose one, just wait until tomorrow when there will be a whole other chance to win again. In life it would be sad if you defined success or failure by one single event. If your family hits a roadblock, pick yourselves up, get the help you need and play for the full season not just the day.

2. No Time Frame - Baseball does not have a time clock. A game can be short or long. You never know. Life is the same way. Don't sweat the small stuff. Cherish your loved ones, and live and forgive each day fully

3. A Lot of Three's - God, who is three Persons in one God, must love baseball. Three strikes, three outs, nine (a multiple of three) innings. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are the realest reality there is. God is one just a community of diversity. There are tons of implications of this. One is that if your people you love do things differently than you, it is not necessarily a bad thing.

4. Sacrifice and Team Work - In order for one player to score, another sacrifices with a fly or bunt. Baseball is a team sport. You may be the best outfielder but you also need they other guy catching your throw to be good. Marriage is a sacrament because in a family we should see how Jesus loves his Church. Sacrifice and teamwork are part of that plan.

5. Count the Blessings - Ted Williams, the great Boston Red Sox left fielder, once said, "Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer." I am not advocating a 70% failure rate in families but rather a different scoreboard. Instead of counting flubs, count the blessings.