Today (12/8) is my Dad, Carl "Bugs" Pitcher's 76th birthday.

He's been an inspiration to me for my whole life. He was my Little League coach and he taught me to pitch softball. When I started playing adult league softball, he was my catcher.

He would let me know if he was displeased with the way I was acting on the pitching mound. He would walk about halfway to the mound and fire a bullet to me and say "Straighten Up."

He's a quiet man with a dry and quick sense of humor. I've been told by those who knew my Grandfather Glenn and know my Dad, that I got my sense humor from both of them.

I've always said that if I could be half the dad he was, then I've done a good job. He's a man of faith and a leader and he's also a man of integrity who I respect and appreciate.

I talk to people that worked with him when he was with Columbia Gas.They all have great things to say about him and ALWAYS share a funny story about something he said or did.

This year my daughter, Tara, will be deer hunting with my dad on his birthday. Good luck Tara and happy birthday to the mighty deer and bunny hunter. Maybe someone will buy you a rabbit dog that will actually hunt rabbits...No Jack, there is no rabbit up my pant leg.

Happy birthday, Pops.