A rough morning. Had a 9AM game and one of my big strong arm guys pitching and he couldnâ€™t find home plate with a map, compass and a guide dog. After two innings we are down 8-0 and Iâ€™m ready to blow a fucking gasket, walks and errors thatâ€™s all I see in my sleep lately. After the 60 th pitch Iâ€™d seen enough and I bring in a kid to pitch that while not throwing hard, throws strikes and he holds the fort as we nibble back to 8-4 until he runs out of gas. I go to option three which on this team is the equivalent of Manny Acta going to his pen and lo and behold after seven walks, three errors and leaving about eight runners on base the score after 6 innings is 13-6.
There was another game to be played on the field after ours and the teams were milling around waiting for our game to end. The coach of one of the teams was a guy Iâ€™ve known for a few years so I told “Donâ€™t worry Jim weâ€™ll be quick” and we both laughed. What are you gonna do cry? First kid up grounds out. Next kid walks. Next one hits a bloop over short. Next batter drills one to the gap in left center-a bloop and a blast-and itâ€™s 13-8. Next batter walks then another walk and a strike out and a hit batsman. New pitcher and itâ€™s 13-9 with two out. First pitch to the batter a hit down the left field line and holy shit itâ€™s 13-11 with two out and then a infield hit and itâ€™s 13-12 with two out. Now Iâ€™d love to say the next batter drove in two more runs but that only happens in the movies. The next kid Kâ€™d and we lost 13-12 but from the roar of the crowd and the kids waiting to play you would have thought we won a championship.
When the game ended we took the kids over to the snack stand which was the plan win or lose to buy them lunch. As we come off the field, the people at the complex were clapping and patting the kids on the back which was great because they really deserved to for not giving up and fighting back. But the best part of it was when one of the kids, the pitcher I took out after two innings said “We never give up because the coaches never give up on us”
And that right there is worth all the vacation days Iâ€™ve used and all the overtime Iâ€™ve given up and all the food, drinks, and baseballs Iâ€™ve bought and all the time Iâ€™ve put into practicing with these kids. Johan Santana, Alex Rodriguez Carlos Beltran they are all making a ton of money in baseball more than me but I guarantee they are not loving baseball more than I am.