My boys had baseball evaluations last week and it was not a good experience from what I understand. I’m so glad I had that carnival and didn’t have to watch. My boys have been playing soccer or taking Karate for the last 5 years. This whim to play baseball, it makes me shake my head. Watching them flail on the field during evaluations would have been more than I could have taken. Most certainly.
I’ve been nervous now, realizing the coaches cannot be thrilled to get my boys. I understand its Little League and I picked this particular town as I heard they’re really nice about everyone getting to play, school really is first, but still, everyone deep down inside must want to win and my family took 2 spots on a team… 2 spots for kids who’ve never played, didn’t know where shortstop was located and have never caught a fly ball.
So the coach for the two older boys called me Saturday to give me the deal on practices. As soon as he told me who he was, I got nervous and started to speak fast. And it went something like this… “Look, my boys are not clumsy. They are actually athletically inclined. They’ve just been playing soccer or taking Karate. They’ve had NO coaching. They just need someone to coach them and I think they’ll pick it up. They won’t be your star players… but my 2nd son, he has the passion for it and is all heart. He will make up for it. And my 1st son, he could be just a solid average player…”
And he stopped me and said, “Hey. This is going to be fun. Quit worrying. When it came time to select kids and your boys names came out, some baseball Mom said, ‘Oh! Those are GOOD boys. You’ll love having them on your team.’ I’m glad they’re on.”
How cool is that?
So I said, “OK, then. What do you need me to do? I will do anything you need me to do. I’ll support them and you 100%... just tell me.”
And he laughed and replied, “Yeah, that Mom said that too. She said you’re the Mom that will do anything and I’ll like having you as a Mom on this team.”
I’m wondering who in the hell that Mom is… he said he didn’t know her name.
Anyway, Bones had his first practice today. It went well. I feel for his coach. You just have to see Bones to understand. Let me put it this way, the British gentlemen who came for dinner last night? They nicknamed him ‘Trouble’… an hour after meeting him.
The other boys start tomorrow. After school I’ll be buying cleats and pants. I will be on the baseball field… FOUR nights a week. Baseball has evidently become my life.
I will take pictures. Of them. Not me… cursing under my breath…
But I have likened the two older boys to one of my favorite movies, "The Sandlot". That kid knew nothing at the beginning of the summer, but by the end was a solid player. I think that will be my two older boys. They just need coaching.