I’m Beau Lofgren….a 34 year-old husband, father of three boys, teacher, and coach from a small, rural community of Hawley, MN. To give you a clue as to where on Earth that is, it’s about 200 miles northwest of Minneapolis-St.Paul. Or…..25 miles east of Fargo, ND, which is the nearest “urban” area to me. North Dakota, by the way, is one of the 50 states in the Union. Of course you all know that, but until recently, North Dakota was fodder for its obscurity, it’s sheer distance from larger metropolitan areas, and lack of star power. The movie “Fargo” kind of put our local area on the map, but the recent success of the North Dakota State Bison football team and the oil boom have suddenly elevated ND’s national status….somewhat. Anyway, enough about North Dakota…..I’m a born and raised Minnesotan for crying out loud!
As said, I have three boys, who are five, two, and my wife and I just had our third son two weeks ago! Having boys is so enjoyable, it’s beyond words! The most important things are all have been healthy and happy, and despite cringing a little when I think about future grocery bills, I’m extremely excited to think about the future memories I will make with my family!
The purpose of this blog I guess is to suffice a personal yearning to write beyond daily work emails, Facebook messages, and “to-do” lists. I’ve never blogged before so I’m curious to see how this goes, and what people’s responses will be. I’m hoping for me it will personally be positive. I’ve taught 3rd grade for 10 years, and I enjoy every day of it. 8-9 year olds have so much to offer, and they really begin to understand how the world works, yet maintain a high degree of innocence and willingness to please. My students do a lot of writing throughout the day….I figured maybe now is the time for me to follow suit.
I have many interests, including camping, canoeing, reading, history, music, board games, trivia, and sports to name a few. However, baseball has been the lifeblood of my downtime ever since I can remember. By playing it, reading about it, simulating it, collecting it, watching it, or coaching it, baseball is simply the most intriguing activity for me that I’ve ever experienced! From the T-ball days to playing American Legion baseball, to reading almanacs and Beckett Baseball magazines, to watching Field of Dreams and The Natural, to playing RBI Baseball, All-Star Baseball, and MLB The Show, attending MLB games in over 30 MLB ballparks, and coaching the game at various levels for almost 20 years, I’m blessed to already have a lifetime of baseball memories!
I grew up a huge Twins fan, and always will be a Twins fan. I was 7 when I first found out what baseball was. It was perfect timing that the Twins won the World Series that year over a depleted Cardinals team. My older brother was a Twins fan, too, and in 1988, I wanted to like a different team. Enter = The Oakland A’s. I’ve also been a die hard A’s fan since that time! As I attended college at Bemidji State University, I read a ton about the dire situation of the Montreal Expos, and thus became a big fan of Les Expos. To this day, it saddens me to see what MLB did to that franchise, but, I’ll save that for a future post. Twins, A’s, and Expos have been my favorite teams.
For many years, my uncle-in-law Doug would come to our lake cabin and would hang out in his little pop up camper, playing some weird baseball board game for hours. I never really paid much attention, or even asked questions about it when he played. However, in 2010 after years of being left in the dark, I finally asked him, “What the heck game is this, and how does a person play it?” Well, lo and behold, it was APBA Baseball…a game I’d never heard of in my life. He gave me a crash course, and a month later, gave me the entire 1987 season with the full basic and master versions! I’ve been hooked ever since!
As I’ve played now off and on for the last four years, I’ve been able to learn about the game and read up on what other people do with their games on the APBA Baseball Facebook page. It’s a tremendous site with a potpourri of characters that continually contribute. For me, people such as Kevin Burghardt, Dan Velderrain, Shawn Baier, and Kenneth Heard have helped me on my way in learning the game or just sharing cards, stories or ideas. When I don’t have the time to play, the Facebook page is a way to at least get my APBA fix for a short time if time doesn’t allow me to play. My hope is to share some of my gaming experiences as they unfold.
Thanks to all of you for reading this! Enjoy life! Do things (legally) that make you happy! Have a good one.