So, I'm finally writing the post that goes with the below video. The boys had their first t-ball game Tuesday night! After a few practices, Bill and I didn't have very high hopes for the team winning the World Series (or keeping the boys from picking grass in the outfield - see video), but we were both pleasantly surprised. Of course my goal for the night was to avoid being that screaming parent worried her kid was going to strike out (see video).
Being new to North Gwinnett t-ball, we learned that games are usually about an hour and a half (roughly time for 3-4 innings); each kid gets three coach pitches, then two swings off the tee if needed; and, my fave, if a side scores 5 runs they switch regardless of the number of outs. That's a good rule in particular since these little guys spend more time chasing the ball than actually playing the game because very few of them can catch.
Sam and Jack played both infield and outfield, and each scored a run. Sam batted second in the first inning and unfortunately did strike out in his debut at-bat. I just tried to remind myself (all while giving the appropriate "you'll-gettem'-next-time") that even Ryan Howard strikes out.
Oh, little boys and baseball! How adorable is 12 little boys running around the field, chasing baseballs, throwing to the wrong base, running to first without hitting the ball (Jack - see video) and generally keeping the parents in the stands laughing for that full hour and a half. This should be a really good year.
But, no matter the score (we did win) and who got the game ball (neither of my boys) THE MOST IMPORTANT THING was they had such a great time. When I asked what was the best part, Sam responded quickly: "EVERYTHING." Nuff said. They can play as long as they want.
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