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Welcome to My World: Texas A&M coach Gary Blair

Oklahoman Published: October 23, 2008
I grew up loving baseball. We’d play all up and down the street, me and this girl, Judy, who was the best athlete on the block. She was three years older than me, and we would always try to be on the same team. We would challenge four guys and be just the two of us.

I was better than all the guys on the block, but I wasn’t better than the best girl.

There were no athletes in my family. My mom, my dad, they didn’t play sports. My granddad ... took me to the minor league games in Dallas — the Dallas Eagles — and then I started playing when I was 6 years old.

I never had my dad play catch with me in the front yard in my life, and I missed that. A lot of times my parents weren’t there to take me to all the ball games. My dad was a construction worker ... and my mom didn’t drive. We had to do what we did.

Sports has been good to me. Just think — that’s my job.

I get to wear short pants to work.

There’s a lot of people that love the game. I live the game.

These kids get everything in the world. The locker room that we got right now, Mark Cuban’s is not a whole lot better.

By the way, Mark Cuban married an Aggie. Nobody ever brought that up. Maybe we can turn Mark into Boone Pickens.

By Jenni Carlson