A fan sits in the rain during the U.P. Zone Tournament at Spies Field last week. <br> EagleHerald/Tom Kaeser
A fan sits in the rain during the U.P. Zone Tournament at Spies Field last week.
EagleHerald/Tom Kaeser
A solitary figure in the bleachers as everyone else scattered for cover during a field-flooding thunderstorm at the U.P. American Legion Zone Tournament last week.

Huddled under her umbrella, the baseball mom was ready and willing to wait out the storm.

Baseball parents have been sitting through the cold days of April and the steaming heat wave of July. There's no such thing as a fair-weather fan when it comes to baseball moms, dads, grandparents, aunts and uncles.

There always willing to take one for the team by volunteering to take tickets, cook hot dogs and help with team fundraisers.

When you're ordering your soda and hot dog and the woman behind the counter suddenly averts her eyes to the field, you know it's a mom whose son has just stepped up to the plate.

Talk about an obstructed-view seat!

Every pitch and every play in a baseball game brings out a stark contrast of emotions. A strikeout lifts the heart of the pitcher's parents while the hearts of the batter's parents sink a little bit as they watch him walk slowly back to the dugout.

A squeal of joy as a mom's son slides safely into a base turns into another trip to the washer to clean his uniform before the next game.

From watching their sons take mighty swings as T-Ball toddlers to seeing them mature into high school and Legion ballplayers, parents have a lot of moments in their memory books.

More baseball memories will be made this week at the Class AAA American Legion State Tournament at Pedersen Ball Park.

Savor the moments. They're over too soon.