Have you ever lost something that was precious to you and hoped one day you would get it back?
A man’s childhood baseball glove popped up 40 years later and in an entirely different state.
Christopher Lisi was just 12 years old when he left his favorite baseball glove on a field in Willoughby, Ohio. He hadn’t thought about that glove in decades before he got a text message from his mother last week.
“I just heard my phone ding and I looked at it and she said is this yours? She sent me a picture and I recognized the handwriting. I recognized it all. And she said we found it at a Florida thrift store and I just said buy it. That’s all I texted back was buy it!” said Lisi.
The glove was found inside a Florida thrift store as his parents were vacationing. They have no idea how it got there. After all, it was last in Chris’s hands more than 40 years ago.
Lisi remembers it like it was yesterday.
“We just finished an All Star tournament and after the last game when they were handing out trophies sitting down there. And I went back the next day, it was gone. That glove, you could do anything, catch any ball. It didn’t matter. When you’re a kid, that glove is special to you,” said Lisi.
Chris says knowing he will have it back in his hands soon makes him emotional
“It takes you back to that moment when you were a kid and thinking about what was going on in that time of your life and you feel it in your eyes. I remember writing my handwriting on the thumb my mom wrote the inside but I wrote it on the thumb because that’s my glove,” said Lisi.
“Later on, my dad goes you owe me a buck 49. My dad’s a wise guy,” says Lisi. “I felt bad for a lot of reasons because I knew my parents worked hard to get me what I have and my dad was a teacher and my mom stayed at home until she went back to teaching. So, any possessions I had mattered to me because I knew how hard they were to come by.”
Once his parents get back home, he says he’s going to play a game of catch with his wife. He’ll use his childhood glove, she will use his current glove.
Lisi says he hopes to pass that favorite glove along to a future grandchild.