Saturday, June 25, 2011

the BaSeBaLL life

Maybe its a family tradition, maybe its
just Americas game. Whatever it is,
I know its in their blood and their love
for the game is undeniable.

They have learned from their Dad, who
learned from his Dad. Passing on the love
of the game through the traditions is one
thing that has been done well.

We have spent the last several weeks
watching game after game. Some days,
we sat in the rain, and on a rare occasion
we were happy to have that sun shining.

The markings have been etched in pencil,
the stats have been tallied, and are history.
There has been victory, there has been defeat.
In the end, so many life lessons have been learned.

Maybe its about the strike-outs teaching you can't
always win. Maybe its about getting angry at the
umpire, to learn that sometimes life
is just not fair. Maybe its about learning that
you need to help each other out, cause you can't win
that game on your own. Maybe its about learning that
you don't have to be friends with everyone, but when
your on that team, you all have each others backs.

We start this with Casey. He shined this
year with his debut in T ball. He laughed,
and he cried. After he learned there is no
crying in baseball, he loved to learn the game.
Watching his little feet run through those bases,
grinning all the way around, was nothing but
smiles for all of us.


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He swung with all his might, to learn
hard work will take you places.

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He learned that sliding into home was not allowed,
but he pressed his luck, looking up to only know
what he did was wrong. That look says it all.

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He learned that his charming ways, and that kind
of smile that just melts your hearts, will
gets you lots of love and attention.

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Katie had her first year of softball.
She learned she can take her girly ways
onto that field and play with the best of them.

She put on that catchers gear to learn that
sometimes when life throws you curve balls, you
need to protect yourself. But you can have fun
along the way.

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She learned that softball is like love, first you learn the rules of the game, and then you forget the rules and play from your heart.

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Bryan took everything he learned last year,
and excelled by much. When he is in that
game, he is determined. He learned that when you
put 100% into something, you can excel.

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He learned that its not how you look when your playing the game,
its how you play when people are watching.

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He learned that baseball is 90% mental, and 10% physical.

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Jake joined the Majors this year and learned that as he
gets older, he gets better.

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He learned to practice hard and to play hard.
And they noticed. An All Star he is. He rocked it today.
He caught that pop fly and had an awesome double
play. He earned that "K" in the score book today,
and he scored.


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He has learned there will be days like today,
you will shine, you will score, but not
without a fight. Somethings will never be so easy.

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Gage had a awesome season. He transitioned from
catcher to first without a hitch. He learned that
sometimes a change is needed to show different strengths.

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Covering a base is like protecting your life.
You will do what you need to do to secure it, and
protect it. You will fight. You will throw that ball
to get that invader out. He learned you have to claim
what is yours.

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He learned he can swing big, and with all he has.
He can hit big or miss big, but you always go down trying.
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Many life lessons learned indeed. I am happy I was there
to cheer these little on and be there to share all this
with them.

I will end this with many random photos from this season.


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Some people think baseball is just a game.
How wrong they are. It's about reaching
within yourself and trying to catch that
ball that cant be caught!
-Happy Weekend.

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