Running back and forth between baseball games tonight was sort of fun. Except for the fact that both of my boy’s teams were losing. I’ve missed a lot of BoBo’s games because they are at the same time as YaYa’s. Today, I decided to spend an hour at one and then go to the others.
It began with BoBo’s team getting creamed in one innings time. The other team knew the weak spot, # 7, who was out in left field. They hit one ball after another in his direction and just ran home – over and over again. Maybe they would come back. I couldn’t wait any longer. I left when the score was 11:1 and went to YaYa’s game.
I arrived at field on time for the kid pitch portion of YaYa’s game. It’s the slow part of the game because there isn’t much hitting. The kid pitch portion comes after 3 full innings of machine pitch. At this point in the game the score was FUN to fun. The OTHER team was having a lot more fun than ours. YaYa was in the dugout when I arrived. Oblivious to the score, he was happy as can be. It wasn’t long before he was up to bat and was walked. He stole 2nd AND 3rd base and soon was running home (on a walk). Final score was FUN:fun (17:9)
Well, who’s keeping score. Nobody – right? It’s little league and we all know that it is ALL about the Snack Shack. Nothing like chili cheese nachos to make it all better.
Usually I’m pretty hard on silly modern things such as fun:fun but when I was in baseball it was taken way too seriously by the parents and coaches and it wasn’t fun at all. We had coaches yelling at the kids when they messed up, after the game if they lost, and for their mistakes if they won. You’d think the parents would have questioned that but they acted like it was the most important thing in the world. I’m glad some parents have tried to change that, I just wish they had done it sooner.
Hey, sunshine! :) You are not going to believe this, but Kristi and I have signed up for 26 weeks of training for the Seattle Marathon. I know that’s child’s play to you, but I never thought that I would say those words — you know how much I don’t love to run, and the only time I’ve EVER run regularly was with you!!! Come see me soon, I miss you so much!!!
The kids know that we are indeed keeping score and in the end do find out the actual numbers. It is nice to keep it positive. Prior to my kids being in sports, I heard about “baseball parents” being really hard on their kids, the coaches & umpires. I haven’t experienced a lot of that. It’s been rare and those parents have ended up being banned from the next game. Soccer parents were far more intense. It really has been enjoyable to watch the kids grow. We have great role models for the kids and Conor’s coaches have really encouraged the teens to keep a good attitude which is such a plus.
Lisa & Kristi, VERY cool! Wow! I am excited for you. I just looked it up – November 26th. This weekend, I’ll add some links to my blog site for resources for you. I might have to make a visit in November. Humm…Another marathon?BTW, when are you going to do my message? :)