Saturday, April 26, 2008

Batter Up!

S~ So as Teresa mentioned in an earlier post, we have officially entered the organized sports stage of life and, with that, I have officially become a "coach." Which I kind of chuckle at considering that, those of you who know me, I'm not what you would call a sports guy. Anyway, today was opening day for our Little League group, and it was a ton of fun. I am really enjoying this because it is something that Jamie and I can do together. I had no idea what opening day was going to be like except that we were going to be playing our first game and that we had to be there by 8 am. After a long restless night at the hospital (see previous post), the early morning was going to be the toughest part.

We got there with a large Dunkin Donuts Toasted Almond Coffee in hand and immediately handed out the jerseys and hats. Once everyone was ready, we were brought to one of the bigger fields to line up. They were going to have us all run out team by team. Jamie thought this was pretty cool, especially because we were the first team to go out (although he was a little disappointed because he thought we were going to be playing on the local pro-minor league baseball field). All the teams ran out onto the field according to age of the players, so the major league players were last. As these 12- and 13-years olds were coming out, I could hear Jamie and his teammates make comments like, "We have to play those kids??," "How come they are so much bigger than us??" One of the coaches was in the service so when he ran out in full fatigues, all Jamie said was, "Oh man, they have a soldier!" The other coach and I had to reassure the kids that we were not playing all the teams, just the t-ballers.

After the opening ceremony, it was Game Time! Jamie did great. What I noticed was his attention to the game. He was always in the ready position and focused on what was going on. Also, he was a social butterfly. At one point, he was covering second base, and, I tell you, that was the place to be! Every kid who was on second got an instant friend to talk to. It was like every kid was Jamie's best friend, and these were kids on the other team that Jamie never met before. He was also great with cheering on his own teammates. When we were up to bat, you could hear Jamie rooting everyone on until it was his turn. It was a really great day!


Laura said...

Sounds like a great day!!!
Fabulous pictures.

nichole said...

It looks like he really enjoyed his first t-ball game. It looks like you have a sports star on your hands.

Julie said...

That is awesome. I love that he thought he had to play all those big kids. How funny. Amber played softball when she was in school and Lexi plays, (bragging rights, she is and awesome catcher) and Grace just started this year. It is a wonderful sport. I think all of my kids really enjoy it for the relationships they established with other girls. I can only hope Noah is able to get involved in something like this. Oh and to make you feel better Scott is asst. coaching both of the girls teams.

Aunt Joan said...

Shawn & Jamie - It looks to me like baseball is in the future for both of you! Every child deserves a Daddy who is able to coach - regardless of his skills or experiences. Congrats to both of you! Love to all, Aunt Joan

Every minute counts.... said...

I hope you enjoy coaching as much as my husband does. He loves it and has done it for 6 years now. Glad to see you are out there and playing with him. Jamie will cherish these times forever.

Korinne Anderson said...

Tree...remember me Korinne Hobart '99..I just started to read your blog about baseball and it reminded me of my life oldest Zack, 6 , just started last night and he was so nervous all day about playing in the "big leaugue" now...he complained about a ear ache to try to get out of it but he ended up going and loving it!! And my husband was the coach and he doesn't know how to coach, he was using works like "objective" to a bunch of little funny!!