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My son Jack - Kids baseball

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by 1977CJ5, May 18, 2010.

  1. 1977CJ5

    1977CJ5 Tele-Afflicted

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    My son Jack is playing on the 11-12 year old Braves Baseball team. Tonight was game 1 of the playoffs with a single elimination. We were playing the Diamondbacks who were ranked #3 we were ranked #6. They beat up on us every time we played them this season.

    Anyway, my son Jack has not had one hit all year... not one. He either walks or strikes out. So, the game is tied 6 to 6, 4th inning, 2 outs and one runner on 2nd base. It's Jacks turn to bat, he is the last batter in the lineup. I could sense the disappointment in the other parents. Not that they say anything bad, but I can just tell they wish it was not Jack's bat. The count is now 2 strikes... Ugh. Next pitch... PING. Line drive over the 2nd baseman's head, out of reach to the center fielder. The base runner makes it home. Next batter knocks Jack in. Now 8 to 6.

    The Braves held them, and won by 2 runs.

    Jack got the game ball, and some really nice words and high fives from his coaches and team mates.

    I am so happy for my son. So happy.
     
  2. bek

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    It doesn't get any better than that, man. Savor it; you know he is.
     
  3. dented

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    A lifelong memory of sheer bliss is what that is. Just by your mention of it, I can only imagine how happy he is and how proud you are. Congratulations to Jack, Jack, he's are man.........
     
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    Oh yeah...good for him. Sweet moment. Thank you for sharing.
     
  5. ADinNYC

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    Go Jack go!!
     
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    That is a great feeling isn't it!! Props to Jack!
     
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    Really nice story.
     
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    Yee-haw!
     
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    Sounds like the kid is clutch. Here's to more big hits!
     
  10. Dr.TeleD

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    This hit could have given him the boost in confidence he needed. Probably had it in him all season. Batting is such a mind game.
     
  11. Little Ricky

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    I had a 0.42 avg in little league...all strike-outs and walks, and one single, but I don't really recall any of it. All I remember from the whole season is stealing that coulda-been homerun over the left field fence and throwing out the tag-up runner from third at home. That's the only story I tell about that season - who needs the 'whole' truth :p

    Congrats to your son and you!
     
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    For sure. What a great little story.
     
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    Very cool. Nice job, Jack.
     
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    Congrats to Jack! Great story, thanks for sharing it.
     
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    +10,000. This story will be told and re-told many times. Deservedly so.

    Tim
     
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    Great story man! Thanks for sharing. Congrats to Jack.
     
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    Awesome. I love that stuff. It does not get any better. Ever.
     
  18. getbent

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    One thing I've learned as a lifelong baseball fan and player (and dad.)

    Baseball teaches us about failure. It teaches us that prevailing is only possible through accepting failure and continuing to try and adjust and keep walking up to that plate to meet the challenge.

    Your son prevailed! That huge hit at a really important time was made all the bigger by the challenges and struggles he's had.

    Sometimes I actually feel sorry for the kids who never struggle in little league, they have such a nasty set of surprises in store for them and they won't be as well prepared as the kids who have to work and toil and struggle...

    I know you and your son will have a memory that will last a lifetime... good for both of you!
     
  19. allen st. john

    allen st. john Friend of Leo's

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    That's really awesome.

    And don't be surprised if there isn't a turn-around. My son was always a decent player--not the worst, but not the best, he'd get a hit now and again. At the end of his 11 year old season, as the pitching got better, with his compact swing he started getting hits against the better pitchers while his teammates were flailing.

    Then last year he grew four inches and gained 25 pounds of muscle and all of a sudden he was crushing the ball. In his first game I was coaching first and i literally didn't recognize him until I saw his socks. Then he hit a ball 230 feet off the fence and got "held" to a triple because it bounced right back to the left fielder.
     
  20. 1977CJ5

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    Thanks so much for ALL the nice replies! Being a parent is a tough job, but when your kid smiles like Jack did last night it's all worth it.
     
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