Monday, May 14, 2012

mvp


We coerced Mr. T to go out for boys softball this spring (although I think he played us for fools, bargaining for gaming privileges in exchange for playing ball). He ended up having a swell time, beginning his season with a hitting streak that lasted until late in the season.  Mr. T was that kid his team could count on to get a base hit, and often an RBI, every time he was at bat.  Years ago Mr. T wasn't a bad ballplayer, but in Cadet League baseball he became afraid of getting hit by the ball and quit.  Softball had him back in our yard this spring, playing catch with his brothers and wanting to improve.

The Rockets was a fun team of boys, laid back and playing for pleasure.  Sure, they were glad to win, but under their excellent coaches they kept a positive outlook each week.  Their 8th grade leaders kept things level and upbeat.  Whether an all-star or novice, each boy contributed to the whole team's success.  I enjoyed watching the games mostly because Mr. T enjoyed playing every single game.  While he's not the most effective defensive player, Mr. T brought energy to the dugout, too.  His trademark move became pumping both fists in the air each time he'd get on base.  Teammates and parents counted on watching him do it after a while.  Saturday night they wrapped up their league tournament--they made it to the finals.

 


As evidenced by the scoreboard, the Rockets did pretty well.  The crowd cheered, the mosquitoes stayed away, our team played a solid game without any errors.  Mr. T even fielded a ball and threw a kid out at first base!


At the end of the game his teammates named Mr. T MVP.  Rejoicing and laughter ensued and Mr. T had a great finish to his debut season as a softball player.  He went to bed feeling like the luckiest guy in the whole world Saturday night and I went to bed feeling pretty dang proud of him.  And now he's thinking he might--just might--go out for baseball again. 










12 comments:

  1. Excellent. Way to go, Mr. T! (Having an A-Team flashback all of a sudden...)

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  2. Playing for pleasure, what a concept!

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  3. I don't know why this chokes me up so much. I guess it is just seeing a kid do his best and succeed. Love it. Good attitude gets you so far in life and he definitely has a great attitude, doesn't he?
    Congrats Mr. T!!!!

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  4. Playing for fun is awesome! And what a gleaming grin!

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  5. There's almost no greater pleasure than watching a kid play on a team for fun. Let's keep it that way. Does he have to go out for baseball?

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  6. Hooray T! Way to go MVP!

    I can't believe I live next door to a sports MVP....awesome.....

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  7. I love that he tried even though he wasn't 100% sold on the idea, then had a great time, and now wants to keep going. Hooray for Mr. MVP!

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  8. What a smile! Nice to be a proud mama, isn't it?

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  9. Woot! Hooray for Mr. T!! Look at that grin :)

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