Bonding in the Bleachers: A Visit to the Promise Keepers

Article by John D. Spalding

Oakland Coliseum is packed with hooting, hollering, high-fiving men. Beside me in the rightfield bleachers, a half-dozen fathers in matching shirts and caps discuss their home improvement projects over coffee while their teenage sons crack jokes and shadowbox. In the third deck, a group bats around a beach ball, eventually knocking it to the cheering …