As I ready myself to flip the calendar to 2014, I have a couple of posts that were unfinished from earlier in 2013 that I’d like to post now. Come Set, and Here’s the Pitch.
I hope this post doesn’t come across as me gloating about my little girl, but I’m darn proud of my brave (no Atlanta reference) shortstop. And, maybe, just maybe, it’s okay to brag about our kiddos every once in a while, right?
Those of you that read these Daddy Diary posts know what a huge baseball fan that I am. Insert Softball in place of baseball when referring to my daughter (and all girls out there that play on the diamond). I stress two things to my kiddos above all else. One, this sport is fun. The moment it stops being fun, we need to re-think what we’re doing. So far, so good on that one, at least that’s what they tell me. They look like they have fun too, so we’ll assume so far, so good is as accurate as a strike down the middle.
The second item that I stress is that the team is more important than the player. Team first. Cooper and Delaney second. That’s the order of priority. I believe that they believe this as well, but as a Dad (and Coach), I like reassurance. Delaney sold me some reassurance on Monday, July 8th with no false claims.
Delaney is a good little infielder. Strong arm, good lateral quickness, can make just about all of the plays. She works hard at it. She’s earned the right to play. I’m proud of her of course. On the offensive side of things, she’s always been a scrappy little slap hitter, makes contact, has good wheels thus beats out most hits. Then, May 16th happened. She was hit by a pitch. Let me re-phrase. She took a direct hit to the ribs. See, 10u Softball is the first year girls pitch to each other (in lieu of Coach Pitch or Machine Pitch), so the pitcher’s finger is not always on the control button.
Game One Post Beaning, not good.
Delaney looked like Justin Bieber in the batter’s box. She was dancing all over the dirt. And, this continued for another 7 games. She either walked or struck out for the next 3 weeks. I had to look back at old scorecards to remind myself that Delaney used to hit the ball. And do so, often. I was worried. I’d seen this before. She was holding on too tight. It reminded me of “Cougar” in the movie “Top Gun.” And, we all know what happened to Cougar. He turned his wings.
Well, a couple of games ago, Delaney finally stopped doing the 2-step in the box and instead hit a 2-hopper into Right Field for a base hit. [Read more…]