Take Me Out To the Ballgame  

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It's just about that time of year. I can feel it already. Baseball season is fast approaching. There is no better time in the world if you are a kid, or if you are a grown up with the mindset of a kid (me). I can smell the outfield grass as I sit here typing this.

I am a fan. Dodgers are my team. This isn't about pro baseball though. This is about Baseball season. This is about 9 teammates focusing on one thing. Beating the snot out of the other 9 teammates. It's about keeping your eye on the ball. Following the grounder into your glove, and maybe if you are really lucky diving for that foul ball and coming up with a snow cone grab. Yeah I am a bit excited.

This will be my youngest sons first attempt at Little League. He is 8 and I've been informed that I shouldn't worry because he is more than ready to get out there and give it his best. I'm excited for him, because these are going to be the best years of his life. He is going to make new friends, and find some heroes out there that he will look up to for the rest of his life. When he is a parent one day, he will look back and remember one of his ball coaches fondly, and tell his kids some great baseball story from his childhood.

There is nothing to think about when you are on the ball field, except hit, catch run, throw. That's it and nothing could be more simple in the world. You don't have to hit hard and you don't have to catch well. You don't have to run fast or throw accurately. You just have to try. You have to get dirt all over your uniform, so your mom is complaining that she can never get that stain out. Big strawberry on your hip? No problem, it'll go away after the season is over. So will that big scab on your shin from sliding (figure 4) into second base over that gravel they call an infield.

After the game, you get your snowcone, and you sit in the bleachers and watch the next game. You get to trash talk with your teammates about your game. You get to make fun of each other, and nobody is getting mad, cause it's part of Baseball. Sometimes you are the hero and sometimes you are the goat. Doesn't matter though, cause everytime you still got to be out there on the field. You got so taste the dust and smell the outfield. You heard the crowd cheering you on when you came up to bat. You were alive and excited for the chance to be the hero.

Basketball season is Ok..So is Football and don't get me wrong I'm a fan of all sports. I played tennis in High School as well as baseball, football, and basketball. BUT....nothing and I mean nothing compares to Baseball season. Peanuts, popcorn, hotdogs and coke. To hell with the crackerjacks, but give me some pink popcorn. I'll gladly sit through every Saturday from now till August and watch these little guys live out their dreams of glory on the Baseball field. That is time well spent, and I for one can hardly wait!

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12 comments

I long for the days when I am watching my son play ball and I am rooting for him! Hope you guys have a great season:)
Now, let's play ball!

February 23, 2010 at 5:16 PM

I promise you we will...We go out to the park most weeknights, and hit the tournaments as often as we can on the weekends too :)

February 23, 2010 at 5:47 PM

I am not a huge sports fan, but some of the fondest memories I have as a kid is my dad taking my brother and myself to Chavez Ravine! I always remember the first look at the field when you arrive...it is huge and green.
I miss the days of Tommy Lasorda, Rick Monday, and Vince Sculley.

February 23, 2010 at 7:37 PM

Let's not forget Steve Yeager, Steve Garvey, and Ron Cey...Heck we can even throw in Dusty Baker..We all know he was a true blue Dodger before he ever became a Giant...Good Times!

February 23, 2010 at 7:41 PM

There isn't anything quite like the beginning of baseball season. Spring Training is sooo different than any other preseason, yeah?

I can't wait to share the sports thing with my daughter.

Great post. And... thank you for all of your thoughtful comments.

Dayne

February 23, 2010 at 9:04 PM

I've always loved to stop by the park and watch softball (is it the same thing?) games, when local teams were there. I hope your boy will have a great time, and by the way you describe it, I don't know how he couldn't! :)

February 24, 2010 at 4:28 AM

Dayne..Couldn't agree more spring training is far different...
You are most welcome for any comments I make, you get me to think about things that maybe I don't want to..lol

Sarah...I played softball for many years and have even considered going back to it if my arm is ever "healthy" enough again... The only difference other than ball size and distance, is that where I come from girls, women, and adult men play softball but boys are not allowed. (sorta double standard since girls can play little league).

February 24, 2010 at 9:42 AM

I'm with Lisa Marie. I cannot wait till my kid is old enough to play ball. I plan on coaching every year until my legs fall off.

February 24, 2010 at 10:09 AM

Ian...You will love it...If you are anything like I figure you are it will be a high point in your life I promise!!! Just beware of all the politics that come with it. Ignore em and have fun with it... I do

February 24, 2010 at 11:47 AM

Thats amazing!! My parents tried to involve me in sports when I was a kid and I just never wanted to. Now that I am an adult and I look back, it makes me wishI had played something, anything, everything!

I think it would have been so much fun, and this post just proves that! Thanks Bendigo!

February 24, 2010 at 3:01 PM

I can't wait until my son is old enough (or big enough) too play baseball! You're going to have so much fun!

February 24, 2010 at 3:58 PM

Kato...don't have kids..don't know sports...you can still get involved even now..If you have the time volunteer to help with a youth sports team...they are always in need of help...You will take as much away from it as the kids will I promise...

AS...Fun fun fun...it's all about the fun around this house when it comes to sports...We are SOOOO ready..:)

February 24, 2010 at 5:06 PM

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