Photo by Scott Chancey

Photo by Scott Chancey

ALBANY -- Five-year-old Gordon Lorber held nothing back, sprinting in a circle on a field adjacent to Lake Park Elementary School.

It was just before baseball practice; and although there were no bases, he pretended he was rounding home.

"I like running," Gordon said. "My favorite thing about baseball is running."

Whether there were bases or not was beside the point. What made that day special, as well as every other practice day with the Albany Mets' T-Ball team, was that a family tradition continued.

Years ago, it was Todd Lorber preparing for games while his father, Doug, coached.

Things have come full circle this time as Gordon plays in the outfield and Todd coaches. As for Doug? He's also part of the team as an assistant.

"It's just great watching Gordon interact with Todd and the other kids," Doug said. "Hopefully, he learned something from when (my wife) Nancy and I coached him. We were together every step of the way."

That next step seemed a natural progression. After Doug coached Todd for nine years, the wait began for when the next generation of the Lorber family would don a cap and glove.

Meet Gordon, whose family makes no hesitation in saying is full of energy.

"He's definitely aggressive, not afraid to get dirty," Todd said. "At least here, he gets to run some of it off."

That was the case when Gordon earned a recent hit down the third-base line.

"All you could hear from anybody after he hit it was, 'Run, run, run!' " Doug Lorber laughed.

"It was really great to hear everybody scream like that," Doug added.

While Todd Lorber was coached by his father, he rotated between pitcher and first base -- he threw a no-hitter for Westover against Lee County while in high school.

Noting his son and grandson, Doug admitted that while Todd "lived and breathed the game, he slept with his glove," Gordon is more of the "cerebral player."

Being together, however, makes being on the same team a special time for the Lorber family.

"It brings us a lot closer," Doug Lorber said. "During the offseason, if we saw each other once a week it's great. But here in baseball season, I get to see my son and grandson two or three times a week and that's just a bonus."

Not that being a particular type of player matters. Wins and losses even take a back seat to fun, according to the Lorbers.

"The best advice I learned from playing for Dad is that you play as a team and just concern yourself about how you play the game," Todd Lorber said. "I still have friends now that I began playing T-Ball with."

For Nancy, she has more reasons to look forward to every game.

"Being both a momma and grandmother, I see love out there," she said. "It brings back so many memories. It's been a dream of mine for a long time to see something like this, seeing my son pass on the things he learned from his dad. I love it."