This summer baseball season, I have witnessed some amazing friendships being made. The team of boys that Drew is playing on, is one of the nicest groups of boys I have encountered in all the years my boys have been playing sports. They all get along so nicely, cheering, rooting and encouraging each other on!. They have had good games and bad ones. Games they have lost by a lot and games they have won by a lot. For these kids though, the score doesn’t seem to matter. Whether they strike out, or hit a home run, they are in the dugout yelling out words of encouragement. They have come up with nicknames for each other and have chants and cheers they sing out as they get up to the plate.
Some of the boys have known each other from playing on other teams, some from school, and others just from the neighborhood. Some had never met each other before the season began, but after spending so many days a week together, at practices and games, they have started to become like a family. I had heard about “baseball families”. It is hard not to become one after spending so many hours together. This goes for the parents as well as we sit on the bleachers or seek out a shady spot five or six nights a week as we watch our boys play.
Summer ball is keeping us pretty busy but in the end, they are creating camaraderie and friendships that may never have have happened if it weren’t for the game. I had regretted not putting Drew in a summer camp this year but realize that baseball has provided him just that – interaction with peers, making new friends, and engaging him in an environment that is pushing him harder than I think he ever expected while giving him the confidence he needs to become a better ball player.
Best of all, he is making some great friends in the process.
oh…and as for the lucky bat….https://aprojectforkindness.wordpress.com/2013/07/06/confidence/ , he got another hit tonight at his first at bat. he did not have a hit at each at bat, but he was “swinging for the stars” and that new confidence was still there!