Ahhh, spring has come. as Pitchers and Catchers followed by the rest of Baseball report for spring training, baseball has come to the home of newdad and newmom. not long ago, I posted Aaaaand we’re back!! about evaluations for the Spring season. Little did I know the adventure we were embarking on.
So at the little guys age, the division is called Pinto. In pinto there is a Kid pitch and Machine pitch sub-division. So the top 20% of kids evaluated are sent to the kid pitch, and those outside of that range go to machine pitch. There are multiple drills run through the evaluation process, the last of which is selected kids are asked to the mound to throw three pitches. So when it was the little guys’ turn to be evaluated, I thought he did quite well. Last fall, he was asked to go to the mound, and he threw a couple of pitches. I totally expected him to do the same this season, and when the kids went to the moound, he was nowhere to be found. I walked over to the dugout and he came walking out, gear packed up and on his back. I asked him “did they call your number?”. “Yes” he replied. “Then why aren’t you out there?” I asked, very confused. “I told them no thank you”…
..huh? “You did what?” I asked, not believing what I was hearing.
“I told them no thank you and packed up my stuff. I’m not pitching dad.” he politely explained. “Can I get a snow cone now?” was the next question from his mouth.
“But they want to see you throw” was all I could say. “I know, but I am not going to pitch so I told them no thank you” in the most sincere voice you can imagine coming from a seven year old. After a long pause…
…”OK, lets get you that snow cone.”
I was astonished and absolutely impressed with him all at the same time. I know he was polite and courteous, that’s just the kind of little guy he is. He also stuck to his guns and did not go out to the mound. I am also sure the evaluator probably wasn’t ready for that reaction either.
So I thought that was that. Machine pitch here we come, because that is what we asked for when registering at evaluation.
Wail for it…
…wait for it.
Wait for it…
About a week later, I along with three other dads get an e-mail from the league saying “welcome to kid pitch”…
Wait , there’s more
…because we did not get enough volunteers to head coach, and we didn’t want to turn kids away, this team was put together and because there are four dads who volunteered to assist, you should be able to figure it out.
“you should be able to figure it out”????
WHAT THE F*&K??!!!??
If a league sends out threatening e-mails saying kids are going to get turned away if they don’t get enough coaches, then follow through and turn the last 12 registrants away!!
Don’t do crap like this.
Well, I prayed on it, sent a TON of e-mails to both the league as well as the other parents and took the role of Head coach. I have to say I was not excited about the prospect, but I remembered something my spiritual mentor and great friend says often. I don’t have to (fill in the blank of the activity in question), I GET TO (fill in the blank with the activity in question. That kind of positivity and attitude helped me reframe my own attitude and I am excited to be a head coach. This is my first time managing a team, and our first experience in Kid Pitch with this league. I am BLESSED to have great assistant coaches and supportive parents. We have had some GREAT practices so far, and our team is pretty darned good.
Stay Tuned for updates on how the season goes. By the way, we are the Yankees, and the little guy is number seven, after his Papa’s favorite Yankee, Mickey Mantle.