My mother always said, “Take the good with the bad.” That thought came to mind while I watched the first baseball practice of my 4 year old grandson … there’s a lot of good and bad in Little League. Stretching? Yeah, that was definitely not a priority for the four year old future stars.
Learning the proper fielding position wasn’t very popular either. C’mon, man, when are we going to BAT!?
The first pitch from the coach was smacked right back up the middle. (Yeah, that’s what I’m talkin’ about.) Like the posse in “Blazing Saddles”, “We don’t need no stinkin’ batting tee”.
The fielders were excited to actually see a ball come their way, everyone was trying to impress the coaches with their hustle.
A well-placed ball in the gap is hard to find sometimes, let alone catch. Thankfully, the coach had plenty of spare balls to use while the outfielders searched for the missing one.
Four-year olds know the basic principles of baseball, like tagging out the runner … even if its in center field.
They also know that a runner can be forced out at second, even if it takes a 5 to 1 advantage to force the runner away off the bag.
The media has all-too-well covered the jubilant dog pile after the final out of the College World Series. Young players take every opportunity to practice it, like finding a ball in center field.
Fielding is boring. The worst thing about Little League is cooling your heals at third base, waiting for your next time at bat. But, like my Mom said, “You have to take the good with the bad.”
Thought for the Day: Little League baseball is a good thing, ’cause it keeps the parents off the streets and the kids out of the house. Yogi Berra