Army of Mom

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9.25.2008

Fall Ball Returns

This year, we've moved up to 'kid pitch' baseball. It is a whole new sort of baseball for the boys without coaches on the field, no rover in outfield. Real baseball now. That is Hot Rod playing first base. The coach has pretty much had him play there an nowhere else. Hot Rod was complaining tonight about it tonight to us, but we tried to explain that it is where all the action is - and it has been. *shrug* Can't tell that to a fourth-grader, though. Ok, the best part about this video. Watch the boys in the dugout. First, you get the kid who tries to swing on the fence and falls. Then, a teammate comes over and slings him into the fence a few times. Totally scary.

And, Hot Rod wonders why coach has him play first base. Cuz you're a stud, kiddo. You're a stud. He was 1 for 3 tonight with a single, but he got on base a second time for a dropped third strike. Had an RBI, too.

2 Comments:

  • At 11:15 PM, September 25, 2008, Anonymous Army of Dad said…

    For the record, I am an assistant and don't have have too much say in who plays where. Hot Rod has only played first and has played in 8 of the 9 innings so far this year. He is our only really godo firstbaseman until we can coach up another player or two (it is on our list of things to do).

    Not shown were some really nice plays by him where our catchers threw down to first on dropped third strikes, but threw really high. Hot Rod got way up and hualed down every throw, though some he couldn't catch cleanly he kept them all in the infield. 'Course he threw one ball down in frustration where he dropped a ball he had to go way up for and the runner took second on that error. The runner was later erased on a super studly play by one of our pitchers where the runner took off for home too early and the pitcher ran at him and then threw home for the catcher to tag him out. The boys played some great defense tonight and we lost a one run game in their final at bat and we got hosed on at least two outs at the plate tonight (the ump was good most of the game and the plays were called wrong but were close enough to not really warrant saying anything, even if it was spring baseball when the games means something).

     
  • At 8:20 AM, September 26, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    First base is not only where you put the "stud", first base is where you put the intelligence. The player on first base has to be able to think, knowing that while usually the smart play is the runner coming to first, sometimes it is important to maintain the "squeeze", and get the runner to second instead. I had two sons, and one daughter play PONY baseball from tball all the way through, until they were about 14. My boys played both infield and outfield at different times, and my daughter played 1st, 2nd, and SS, and even was a closing pitcher for a while. Most of the decisions regarding her positions were due to the fact that with 2 older brothers, she understood the game, and had a grasp of where the plays should go. Pitching her was a psych game entirely, she was good for 20 accurate pitches. Demoralising for the other team to have a "girl" come in and take out the top of the batting order with straight pitches.
    Alas, the youngest is a soccer player, I now miss the baseball games.
    (Fortunately the "soccer moms" in my area rival the "baseball moms", so at least the eye candy remains the same quality.
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    Rob

     

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