We've all heard the saying, "Respect your elders." Some young East Tennessee baseball players took a swing at that advice and now they're shining on the diamond.
For one team, Rocky Hill Park is as good as Wrigley Field and the smiles are worth much more than any big league contract could provide.
For cousins Bo and Baker, the game is even more special. Not only do they get to play on the same Knoxville Fire travel baseball team together, but one of their coaches just happens to be their grandfather.
At 73 years young, Steve Jones actually wears many hats, but they're all baseball. That's because earlier in the day, he also helped coach the Bearden High School baseball team.
Being around the game is like breathing for Steve; it's simply a part of who he is.
"Baseball has been just a way of life for me," he said.
You see, before the multi-million dollar contracts of today, there were guys like Mickey Mantle, Hank Aaron, and yes, Steve Jones.
"We had three contract with multi-year contracts-- Mantle, Mays and Aaron," he said. "Everyone else played and ran home to find a job that winter."
The lefty, whose brother also made it to the big leagues, played for the Chicago White Sox and Washington Senators. Then in 1969, Jones was selected by the Kansas City Royals and traded right into the record books.
"It was the first team, and Kansas City was so welcoming to all of us. We had a good year for an expansion team," he said.
His wife Ann, an East Tennessee native, has been right there with him, and the journey has been a grand slam.
"She is the ultimate fan. She wants on her tombstone to say, 'I was the greatest fan ever,'" said Jones.
His memories of the diamond are gems in their own right.
"And then pitching in Yankee Stadium and picking up the Kansas City Royals' first road victory in Oakland against Reggie Jackson. And I had an opportunity to play for the Dodger rookies in 1961 that had a traveling club, and Tommy Lasorda managed that club," he recalled.
But his most popular story is when he dismantled Mantle.
"During one of the ball games in that '67 year, I struck out Mickey Mantle and that's kind of a highlight of all of the 9 and 10 and 11-year-olds. 'Your granddad struck out Mickey Mantle,'" he said.
As for those grandsons, they say they want to be just like their grandfather. That would be a big hit with Steve.