Monday, May 17, 2010
Green Grass and Red Dirt
Who would have guessed it? I'm loving Little League. Perhaps it has something to do with a particular adorable baseball player.
The first few weeks, it was all about rolling in the grass and kicking in the dirt. There's still a fair bit of that, but after Kyle came in off the field last Thursday, he told another parent, "I didn't even write in the dirt that time." He also made his first play on Thursday. He was at third base, "down and ready," and the ball rolled right into his glove. He was shocked, but went to his base where there was a force "out" (they encourage them to make the play, but the runner stays on base). That heartened him so much that he actually went for the next grounder headed toward him and caught it. Unfortunately, it was not a force out at 3rd, so he didn't get the "out."
Read more of my surprising thoughts about little league in my Patch article, I Like Little League?
I'm not quite sure we'll go as far as to say "I'm a Baseball Fan," but Terry got tickets at work for the Yankees game on Sunday, and we enjoyed it. It was a beautiful spring day, we had awesome seats, and it was a good time. It might have been a little more about hot dogs and ice cream than baseball, but that's okay, right?
Before the game started, they were spraying down the dirt. Both Kyle and Amanda asked why they were doing it. Terry said to Kyle, "You know how when you run in the dirt, and it is all dusty? They spray it so that doesn't happen." I'm sure that dashed any plans Kyle had of playing professional ball. What's the fun of baseball if you can't kick up some dirt? He did see one runner slide and get all dirty, as well as a few rolling in the grass catches in the outfield, so maybe that made up for it.