Our nights have been very busy this summer. Drew is playing on the summer baseball travel team and weeknight games and practices have filled our evenings for nearly the entire month. Fortunately, our family loves baseball. We go to baseball games all of the time, whether they are Drew’s games, minor league or even a Mets Game now and then. We are a little bit baseball crazy right now!
Baseball is one of my favorite parts about summer. The games are so unpredictable. They can be over quickly some nights, and go on for hours on others. We often laugh at some of Drew’s rituals but admit that all four of us are superstitious and have our own bits of “crazy” that we have to do to psyche ourselves up before we do certain things. Drew blesses himself and blows a kiss in the sky to my mom before each at bat. He carries her mass card in his pocket. He believes in the power of his “lucky bat”. Dave told me that before he plays soccer, (he plays a few times a week), he has a superstition about tying his shoes in a certain order and won’t tie his shorts until right before a game. My superstitions involve me thinking that everything I see is “a sign” of something. Butterflies, dandelion fluffs, pennies….I always think that they mean something!
Drew’s team is playing in a tournament this weekend. Two today and two more tomorrow. Then their season ends with single elimination playoffs which begin on Monday. The season could go on for another week or so, or all be over as soon as Monday night. I hope that they do well and get to play it out, but as long as they do their best, they have made us all proud. They have learned so much this year and have come together so fluidly as a team. They have become more than just teammates, they have become friends.