I was a jock for the entire time I was in the Air Force (did I mention it was 27 years, 3 months, and 16 days?), but those two years as coach of these young men were about the happiest sports memories I have. And we were successful too--we won the La Mesa league, Dave and I were selected as the All-Star Manager and Coach, and, best of all, our son was selected as the La Mesa All-Star Catcher. Life was good.
The next year, Curt moved on to Pop Warner Baseball but I stayed on with Dave and the La Mesa Optimists. We were having another great season, but half way through, I got orders sending me to the Senior NCO Academy in Montgomery, Alabama, en route to a permanent transfer back to Lowry AFB, Colorado.
I cannot tell you how emotional it was for the Platts when the La Mesa Optimists lined up on the third-base line after my last game to say their goodbyes. It took a few minutes for me to figure out why they didn’t charge out of the dugout after winning the game in a mad dash for the refreshment stand (on Dave and me). Then the league officials brought out microphones, TGW, and Curt and it hit me. By the time all the mementos were presented and the hugs and handshakes were over, I was a wreck!
Enough of that mushy stuff — let me tell you about Dave Lamb today. His business card reads, “Dave Lamb ‘The Kashi Guy’...Chief Kashi Ambassador.” That’s right! He is the funny little bow-legged, bearded guy you may have seen on t.v. running and cycling through the roughest of countryside and touting the healthful qualities of Kashi Foods.
Dave is now in his mid-60s, has retired from Kashi where he worked 18 years, but still ushers at the San Diego Padre baseball games. He travels all over the country representing Kashi in every kind of race imaginable — 5-Ks, 10-Ks, half-marathons, and marathons. He did not start running until his mid-30s but now has participated in over 900 races. He is in training for his first iron-man competition which will be particularly tough for him as he can’t swim. Dave, you have got to be kidding me! You not only need to be a strong swimmer, you need to be able to swim with hundreds of other competitors thrashing over and around you. Good luck with that.