Monday, May 04, 2009

Opening Day

Saturday was the first game of a new season of ball for Isaac. It's his first year on a new team with a new set of caches and teammates. It was also the first game on a brand spanking new field. There were several games scheduled but Isaac's team was in the first game. They brought out three men who were instrumental in the early years of local Little League and Babe Ruth baseball to throw out the ceremonial first pitches on the new field. Since Isaac was to be the starting catcher for his team he was sent out to catch one of the pitches. He's the one in the red shirt.
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We wondered how he'd do in his first game on a big field as opposed to the smaller Little League ones but he had no problems getting the ball wherever it needed to be. His team seemed to have some good camaraderie, which was also really nice to see. Hopefully, that will continue throughout the season and there aren't any terrible egos on the team. Oh, and they were all glad to find out they weren't the team sponsored by a local day spa. It was generally agreed that no one envies the group of 13-15 year olds walking around with hats and shirts touting the best place to get a facial and mani-pedi. At least those poor guys didn't have to wear pink.




Isaac walked twice when the pitcher hit him during his first two at bats. Another batter brought him in so he got the fun of making the first run of the season for his team. He struck out his next time up. Finally, he connected with the ball and hit a triple bringing in two other runners.

His team won and he and the pitcher were rewarded with game balls (the pitcher really did a terrific job) for their efforts. Isaac can really lack confidence at times so it was a very nice way for his season to start, being given the confidence of his coaches and rising to the occasion so well.

28 comments:

Cocotte said...

My son no longer plays baseball, but I have fond memories of watching him play. Enjoy his season, Lime.

furiousBall said...

great looking swing! front foot is planted, eye on the ball - i need to print this out and show it to my son

Ananda girl said...

What fun! And what a fabulous memory for you and for Isaac. A day of firsts. Glorious post Lime. Thank you for sharing this. I miss having kids on teams. But I've got grandkids who will be coming up... can't wait!

snowelf said...

Go Issac!!! What a way to start a season! :)

--snow

Moannie said...

I know less about Baseball than I do about most any other sport but what comes across clearly is the fun and camaraderie. Lovely post.

Desmond Jones said...

Oh, Meesh. . .

I grew up in a baseball-playing town; our Little League all-star teams reagularly contended for the state championship.

I remember that transition from the Little-League-sized field to the full-sized field, and how we wondered if we could even throw the ball all the way to first base; much less, beat the runner. . .

Isaac is a catcher, eh? I always told my boys that the surest way to get on your coach's good side is to know how to catch. Myself, I simply couldn't keep myself from flinching whenever the hitter swung the bat. Which, when it comes to catching, isn't such a good thing. . . So, points to yer son for that.

And that swinging pic (is that the aforementioned triple?) - wow, nice-looking swing; good weight shift, all that. . . And I see what you mean about those shoulders you keep telling us about. . . ;)

WordVer = 'sanes'; HA! Don't you wish. . . ;)

Jazz said...

I don't understand baseball. Neither the concept nor the rules. Give me soccer any day.

lime said...

cocotte, those memories are warm , aren't they?

furiousball, aww, thanks, is bubs playing this year? best of luck to him

ananda, it seemed to me it should be a really nice memory for him. enjoy your grandkids when they get to the sports :)

snowelf, thanks!

moannie, as far as i am concerned the team spirit, fun and a chance to enjoy the sport is what it's about.

desmond, catching is his favorite. we were glad they didnt' ask him to pitch. he had a couple of fouls too so i don't know if that picture is his triple or a foul. (i took a bunch)

jazz, believe me, there is so much i DON'T understand. it has taken me years to get this far ;)

S said...

Baseball is fun!

Spanish Princess said...

What great memories. In my 6 years of playing softball my parents never were able to make it to a game, but it was some great memories for me anyway.

On another note, I have a special treat for you waiting on my blog! (No, it's not chocolate.)

G-Man said...

Play Ball!!!

lecram said...

Good form!

Cheffie-Mom said...

My son plays ball, too. I love this time of year! Thanks for sharing!

mssolitaire said...

What a wonderful opening day for him!!! Awesome!

~Dragonfly~* said...

Awesome job!!! A Young Babe Ruth in the making!!!!

Craver Vii said...

Game ball? Way to go, Isaac!! That's cool to hear that the team gets along so well. These are good times.

Suldog said...

What a great thrill, to be the opener on a brand-new field! I've never done that in 45 years of playing. And, to be the one guy who scores the first run? That will be a story to tell in years to come.

He looks like he has very good form, Lime. I'm impressed.

Dr.John said...

It's wonderful when your child does well and feels good about himself. Those are the moments a parent treasures.

Breazy said...

Oh my goodness it looks like he has grown a foot since the insect attack video you posted a few months ago. I am so glad that baseball season is here even though my son still won't play.

Congrats to Isaac!

Hope you all are doing well. :)

for a different kind of girl said...

How very awesome for your son! My kids have never been into playing baseball, but just watching them play the sports they are into is exciting for me because when they really get a handle on the game, I'm amazed by the level of talent they have coming from a non-athletic set of parents!

lime said...

s, i have learned to enjoy it and see the fun in it.

princess, i'm glad it held great memories for you...headed over to your place in a bit

gman, playing!

lecram, thanks

cheffie-mom, it's a fun time

solitaire, it was a good day for sure

dragonfly, lol, he'd prefer to be david wright ;)

craver, i am hoping the team gets along this well all season

suldog, well, the other team was first batting so they scored the first run on the field, but my boy got the first for his team. thanks for the kind owrds on his form

dr john, it is a good feeling

breazy, he has grown about 6 inches since last year this time!

fadkog, any athletic ability my kids have comes from their dad. i have zero skill that way.

citizen of the world said...

Baseball already? I thought that was a summer sport?

Beach Bum said...

I don't care how much the overpaid bubbleheads in the Major League make, the best in baseball is watching kids Issac's age play.

Palm Springs Savant said...

Lime- how fun, you must be proud! Quite a budding athlete there...enjoy the season.

misticblu said...

Yes, LL can be fun with the right people in charge, We were lucky that when our local organization went south (6th grade) it was time for carrie to start school ball and it was more organized & fair. She was catching by 8th grade ( 8 yrs of ball!)and was blessed to experience a local championship.
She converted to soccer in HS, i was very upset that i had to learn something new. That darned individuality. :)
I hope you guys enjoy every minute of LL!

lime said...

citizen, yep, his season will be done before july 4th

beach bum, i could not agree more

savant, i was really tickled for him

misticblu, the coaches attitudes can make or break the season and i don't mean win/loss record but just whether or not it's enjoyable at all.

Moosekahl said...

Did he grow a foot over the winter?!?!

KFarmer said...

My goodness! He has grown so much! Enjoy sweet lime, I still miss the days of ball, sunshine and good fun :)