The Gaines boys have inherited the baseball bug.
Chip and Joanna’s sons Drake, 12, and Duke, 8, are taking after dad when it comes to their favorite sport. And all three of them just received a very special gift that will no doubt help their love of the game (and skills) grow.
“There are baseball gloves and then there are family heirlooms!” Chip writes in a tweet sharing three customized leather mitts the Waco-based family received. “Thank you @MarucciBaseball can’t wait to make some memories with these beauties.”
The Fixer Upper couple’s oldest child, Drake, proved he could match his dad’s skills on the field and his cheeky humor on a recent episode of Fixer Upper, that saw him pitching in a big game and joking about which Gaines man had the better looks. Now, it seems the couple’s youngest, Duke, who’s also a bit of a bookworm according to Chip’s recent Instagram post, has a field of dreams of his own.
Chip was a standout second baseman himself in high school, and after graduating and playing at North Lake Junior College, was recruited to play for Baylor University. Sadly, his college ball dreams didn’t come through after the coach who called him up retired.
“[Baseball] got me in the front door at Baylor. As God would have it, I was not destined to be the next great baseball player, but I was destined to enjoy Baylor University and the dear friends that I met there,” the HGTV star told Baylor Magazine.
The family may soon have enough members to start a league of their own, as Chip and Joanna announced in early January that they were expecting their fifth baby. They also have two daughters, Ella, 11, and Emmie Kay, 7.
Their kids are the primary reason the HGTV hosts have said they’re ending their hit series after the current fifth season.
“Our beautiful children are growing up so quickly. Drake is almost a teenager,” Joanna added at the time. “So I think the idea that we get to step back and just get fresh vision, get some rest, but also just hunker down with our kiddos is something that we’re excited about.”
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