by Brian

It is the beginning of a new baseball season. In the Sunday page above, Ditto is a little overprepared for the start of his.

Artist Eric Reaves is a big Chicago Cubs fan, so that explains the hat.

Baseball has been a recurring theme throughout the history of Hi and Lois.

Anyone who has played the game knows that a big part of it is learning to deal with failure.  So, naturally, baseball is a great source of humor for cartoonists.

Although I have written hundreds of strips about baseball, the following Sunday page is my favorite one.

I played on a men's softball team for many years after college and once hit a game-winning home run. But it was way more rewarding watching my son play Little League and Junior Varsity baseball. He was a much better player than I ever was.

Although this gag is not hilariously funny, it is true to life. I'm sure many of our readers are proud parents whose children play baseball and can identify with this situation.

PLAY BALL!

– Brian Walker

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