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Boys and Baseball

April 4, 2006

Starkville is one of several cities that claim to have invented T-ball. Caleb wanted me to coach him this year. It is his last year of T-ball and we had our first practice yesterday. We practiced in the shadow of the historical marker for Cool Papa Bell Cool Papa was the fastest man to ever play baseball. He once scored from first on a sacrifice bunt. This was against a white major league all-star team.

No one on the Royals will do that this year. For one, there is no bunting in T-ball.

Probably the best moment came as the next to last batter came up we went though the same instructions as all the others. How to hold the bat, where to stand, swing hard, put the bat in the bucket (that’s a coaching method to learn not to sling it, which is important because I have to stand there) and then run hard. This one kid, hit it toward the pitchers mound and took off running. The only problem was he ran after his own ball. He got it! Good running, next time lets run to first, its that white thing over there.

I may resort to drugs to make it through this. Tonight I fill in for Eli’s (10 year old) coach. It will be Tommy ball again. We run every pitch till they prove they can throw us out. It’s not boring. I think Cool Papa would like it that way.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. April 4, 2006 1:58 pm

    Tell Kim to video tape the practice as well as the games….it will be priceless in a few years…..trust me!

  2. April 4, 2006 1:58 pm

    We start soccer practice on Thursday. I hate soccer.

  3. April 4, 2006 2:27 pm

    ohhh don’t get me started on Soccer. We don’t play soccer.

  4. April 4, 2006 5:39 pm

    … don’t ever go down looking! EVER! Swing that bat.

    Oh, I guess in tee-ball you can’t take a pitch anyway, huh?

  5. April 4, 2006 8:06 pm

    I love soccer!

  6. April 5, 2006 12:52 pm

    I tired coaching a little league team one time. Drugs did not even help! Good luck. šŸ™‚

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