Friday, June 14, 2013

Full Swing

It's baseball season!  For the first time ever our boys have joined in on the fun.  And it looks like they're hooked.  I must say I'm having a little fun myself.  Not only are my boys stinkin' adorable (don't tell them that) in their uniforms but they have all displayed commendable attitudes, good sportsmanship, and a bit of talent too (if I do say so myself).    
Tommy's game was first.  Luckily, Tommy has a coach who is on the ball and the team had quite a few practices before their first game.  That really helped the kids feel comfortable in the basics and have fun when the actual game day came.  Tommy has a really good arm on him and a good solid swing. He shocked everyone with a massive hit over the outfielders' heads that earned him two bases.  No keeping score in these games (which I love, but the kids seem to keep score in their heads- stinkers) but the team did a great job.
Joey's team didn't have a coach until last week (when once again my husband stepped up and took the job even though he was looking forward to being able to sit back and watch for once) so they only got in one practice before their game.  To say that the husband and I were a bit worried how the team would fare against all the more practiced teams would be an understatement, but they did great!

I was also concerned Joey would be a bit behind the other kids his age since this is his first year playing but he looked great. Joey was an amazing catcher.  He was on top of it, y'all.  Caught every catchable ball and threw it directly to the pitcher (from kneeling position) without making the pitcher run for it.  And with every new batter he would call out to his teammates to tell them where the plays were. "Plays at first and second!" he'd shout.

It was pretty fun to watch him excel and be proud of himself but what I was most proud of what his attitude.  He wasn't as successful at batting as he hoped to be but instead of getting down on himself and giving up he was mad for a minute and then brushed it off.  A hard thing to do for my perfectionist child who is always so hard on himself.  I was thrilled that he had such fun playing, was proud of how he played, and is so excited to play again.  Thrilled I tell you!
Last, but certainly not least, is Ben.  I always knew the kid had a wicked arm.  He can really throw.  Catching is a different story.  A few months ago Ben took a baseball to the face and then became very afraid of playing catch.  He would shy away from the ball instead of trying to catch it.  Recently he had a breakthrough and really began catching the ball just in time for baseball.

Being that Ben is only 6 years old I wasn't expecting much when he stepped up to the plate to take his turn hitting in front of his coach and teammates.  I tell ya what, that kid can hit!  Pitch after pitch he knocked it over the coach's head.  And he has never had a batting practice before.  Pretty amazing. My favorite part?  The coach pitched the ball to Ben and it was really low and outside.  The coach immediately said to Ben, "That was a bad pitch on my part. What a bad throw, huh?" Ben responded, "No, you're doing good.  That wasn't so bad."  It was so sweet and melted the hearts of the onlookers.  Such a sweet boy.

I'd say we are off to a great start this baseball season.  Happy and excited boys, good attitudes, and new skills.  I think I'm gonna like being a baseball mom.

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Wendy said...

I love being a baseball (and softball) mom! I think it's good for the kids to learn to be part of a team, too. They look like they're enjoying it.

Bijoux said...

Awww...I do miss some parts of this, esp. seeing my son in his uniform! So cute, aren't they? I don't miss driving to all those practices, though!

Anonymous said...

You're going to be an awesome baseball mom! Your boys are adorable in their uniforms. So fun {and exciting, I'd imagine} to sit and watch your guys play ball. Take me out to the ballgame! :)

chrissy said...

There is just something so adorable about little boys in baseball uniforms. They are the cutest! My Tommy loves baseball the most, but he didn't get to play this year, so I am worried about how he will do next time. Oh well, it builds character, right? Hope you enjoy the season!

Cassie said...

Sounds like fun! That's so funny that Ben was sweet to the coach- what good manners!

Cyndy Bush said...

I LOVE baseball. My son used to play, and now my stepson plays. Your boys look adorable!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Welcome to the club! Sounds like you're in for a really great time this summer!

Charmaine said...

Hey Kat :) luv how proud u r of them and rightly so ! cool shots too...
great boys and a winner for a mom :)

Elaine Alguire said...

This reminds me of photos I saw of my brothers (albeit from the 60's and 70's!) from they were little boys and played baseball. Such a great, traditional game. Kinda makes me want to get my boys into it now. And wow, sounds like Ben is doing especially great! :)

Kat said...

Elaine- It's funny because I never really thought too much about the boys playing baseball. I played a few years of softball and Todd played baseball in high school but I still just thought maybe they'd like football, basketball, or soccer. But, I have to say, they really are loving baseball. And I'm enjoying watching them love it so much. :)

Mom24 said...

That is adorable. Have fun Kat!

Riahli said...

Ira did baseball this year {well actually t-ball was all they offered for his age group) and I loved it! Your boys look adorable! And they are so, so sweet. Good job mommy!!! I'm wishing now that I had put Banden in baseball this year, oh well. I'm thinking they will both try out next year. :) I would much rather be a baseball mom then a soccer mom. Soccer is big around here, but the weather is usually miserable, and it just doesn't look like my thing. But then again I guess it really should be more about the kids... oops. ;)

Karen Deborah said...

WOW way cool and you know you are raising some fine young men too right?

Wisconsin Girl said...

Fun to hear such kind words from such a proud Mama! Hope you enjoy the baseball season. We are enjoying our first season of t-ball here...Sam's first taste of sports.

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