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Play Ball!

It’s official. Pitchers and catchers report to duty in 28 days.

Pitchers and catchers of the Southern California Little League variety, that is. Those of you in other parts of the country might have to wait a little bit longer. You know, until the fields thaw out and the worry of players suffering from hypothermia passes.

As a general rule, hypothermia ruins everything. Even baseball.

This means that, in 28 days, our lives will once again be ruled by extra-curricular activities. And now that Zach is old enough to join in the fun, we will have two team schedules to deal with.

My head already hurts.

As a baseball family, there’s never really been a question that our kids would play the sport. I played softball until I got to high school, and my husband played baseball through the first few years of college. You could say that baseball is in our blood. Or,  you could just say that it’s a sport we really enjoy and we are very hopeful that our kids enjoy it just as much.

Dylan has had fun playing t-ball for the past few years, but pretty much broke our hearts last year when he told us he prefers soccer. Neither of us know anything about soccer, so we were a bit dumbfounded. We’re hopeful that, after getting into the season and getting comfortable with his team, he’ll enjoy baseball as much as soccer. If not more.

Zachary has been working on his batting and throwing skills (in the house, of course) for weeks on end. So far he’s only broken one thing. That doesn’t count the time when he let go of his “bat” and it almost broke my nose. He is so excited to play baseball that he can hardly stand it, and he talks about it constantly. It is going to be a very long 28 days.

As hectic as it’s going to be, I’m really looking forward to the season. I love being at the ballpark, and seeing my kids play and (hopefully) enjoy the sport that we love is really rewarding.

As excited as I am, though, I might need a reminder about it after a few weeks of practices and double game Saturdays.

Do your kids play sports? Do you love it and enthusiastically support their choices, or do you hate it and begrudgingly sign them up every season?

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