Learning baseball in the bleachers

Posted on 12. Apr, 2012 by

Decatur Blue took the field at 7:32 p.m. and left everything on it at 9:30 p.m.

This is my 9-year-old’s third season to play baseball, only his second in kid-pitch, and as we sat in the stands tonight, I was reminded of the Life is Kids Stuff column published in All Around Wise this week. I can totally relate.

Danielle explains how much she has learned about baseball since her boys began playing and how she has even come to enjoy the sport, despite growing up in a football family, a fact that surprises even her, I think. I’ve learned a lot in the last year and have found myself watching the Rangers and attending a college game or two, behavior that was unheard of before.

I’ll admit. I never knew there was any strategy to baseball until the last year. Basically, I had little interest in the sport until my son was out there. But hey, if he’s interested in it, so am I. (Plus, it didn’t hurt that the Rangers were World Series-bound.) I’m not quite as advanced as Danielle, though. I haven’t been asked to keep the books, and I did leave the cup shopping to my husband.

But I am learning the rules beyond “three strikes, you’re out,” including the “extras” in our age division about time limit, number of runs, etc.

So … as we started another inning and blew past the hour-and-a-half time limit tonight, I was in it to win it … or at least tie it. Due to a myriad of rules, that’s the best we were going to be able to do. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen. We lost.

But it’s OK. I tucked in a smiling 9-year-old still talking about the fun he had on the field. Maybe next time we can get a W outta the deal, and in the meantime, if you haven’t already, check out Danielle’s column “Stepping up to the plate.” ┬áIt’ll make you smile no matter the field your child prefers.

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