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Baseball Is Life
Some photos of my 14 year old DS getting to play on a pro baseball field. Very exciting! TFL!
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Recently, Ryan had a chance to play at Whataburger Field, home of the Corpus Christi Hooks, the Houston Astros' AA Minor League team. He played 2 games, one under the lights, another in the morning. Though he played it low-key, I know it was a big deal for him to be there, to sit in the dugout & play on the field where the likes of Hunter Pence, Ben Zobrist, Jeff Bagwell, Roger Clemens and many others had been.
Later, I asked Ryan how it felt to play on a minor league field -I mean, how cool was it that there was a bathroom in the dugout?! He still didn't act as excited as I thought he would; it seemed he was taking the whole experience in stride. Finally, he told me it wasn't THAT big of a deal because he was certain he would be playing on many more fields like this in the future!
Wow, I really have to admire his certainty, his complete assuredness that he will be playing at a professional level in the forseeable future. I know that this has been his dream since he was a little boy. Baseball has pretty much been his life since he was 4.
Here are a few more questions from our little interview:
Me: How do you feel when you play baseball? Ryan: Carefree and happy
Me: What is your favorite position to play? Ryan: I love to play catcher, but I can play any position.
Me: What kind of bat do you use? Ryan: DeMarini CF4 32", 29 oz.
Me: What do you consider your most important piece of equipment? Ryan: My glove (Wilson A2000 blond/black)
Me: Do you have any "rituals" you do during games? Ryan: I always kick the dirt in the batter's box.
Me: For what college do you want to play? Ryan: Whoever offers me the biggest scholarship! (That's my boy!)
Me: Do you consider yourself a team player or a team leader? Ryan: A team leader.
Me: How do you know you have a good hit? Ryan: When you don't feel the ball hit the bat.
Me: What do you love the most about baseball? Ryan: That there aren't a lot of people who can master it and that it's always a challenge in that you constantly have to practice to keep your skills fine-tuned
Me: What's the best team you've ever played with? Ryan: The Legends (many who were seniors who were heading off to college; Ryan played with them when he was in the 8th grade)
Me: How many times a day do you think about baseball? Ryan: Most of the day
Me: How many times a day do you think about girls? Ryan: The rest of the time
Well, at least we know baseball isn't ALL he cares about....
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