Wow! I didn’t realize how tired I’ve been. My 11 year old son has been playing little league baseball this spring. I hadn’t planned on it, but I managed to get picked as one of the assistant coaches. I’m not complaining. It was a lot of fun working with all the kids.
I have been a head coach before. It was for my, now, 17 year old’s basketball team. It was extremely stressful. The parents not only want you to teach their children to play basketball, they also want you to win games. Go figure.
Baseball, as it turns out, takes a lot more practice time than basketball. I’m not sure why. In basketball, we would practice 1 hour per week and 1 game on Saturdays. For baseball, we did a minimum of an hour and a half and more than likely, we did 2-3 hours per week. It seemed like we were always on the go.
By now I’m sure you’re wondering, what does this have to do with business? Well, absolutely nothing. I’m a little more rested and I felt like bragging on my boy! I’ll be immortalizing him here on my blog. Parental prerogative.
My 11 year old is a really good basketball player and that is his real love. In fact, he’ll be a top 20 draft pick, out of 150 kids. This year he decided to try out baseball.
He had played Tee-Ball when he was 5 but, that’s as much experience as he had. Tee-Ball is nothing like baseball.
We had 3 practices and started the season. I had no idea how my son would do. He kept telling me that he had no idea what to do. Okay, so that didn’t sound too good to me. I told him that I’d tell him what to do as the game went on.
The first game didn’t go so well. My son didn’t get a hit. The upside is that neither did any of the other kids on the team. We lost 11-0. It wasn’t all bad though. We gave up 6 runs in the 1st inning and only 5 more in the 2nd to the 6th .
The next 10 games my son went on a tear. He batted over .500 and learned how to play the game. For much of the year, he was the top hitter on the team. Not bad for a rookie! I think he got a little over confident and he went 1-13 in the last few games.
As a team, it was an up and down year. We wound up 7-8 for the year. The good news is that all the teams make the playoffs. They do break it into 2 brackets. The top bracket is the “A” bracket. Those are the top 8 teams and the “B” bracket, the bottom 8 teams.
Unfortunately, we were eliminated from the “A” bracket when we lost 8-7, when we played the Mets, in the second to the last game.
The good news is that despite the mediocre year, we won 3 games in a row to win the championship!
Hence, the title of this post.
My son went 5 for 9, with 2 doubles, 4 RBIs and 4 runs scored. Needless to say, he is looking forward to next year.
In closing, I’d like to say thank you to the head coach, Rick Davis, a former San Diego Padres minor league pitcher, for allowing me to be part of the team.
Congratulations to all the A’s players!! Every one of you guys contributed to the team’s winning in the playoffs!! You did yourselves proud!
To my son, Matthew, you did a great job for your team this year. I’m so proud of you!
Final stats for the 2013 season:
AB – 49
Hits – 21
Doubles – 2
RBI – 16
Runs – 20
BA – .430
Thank you for indulging me.
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