Saturday, June 21, 2008

A Beautiful Evening For A Ball Game

We've got a flurry of games this week, and then one more in the middle of July, and then the playoffs.

Tuesday's game was rough; a lot of sloppy play, resulting in six errors, including two on one play by the first baseman (one catching, one throwing). Our guys had come from behind, but lost the lead and the game.

Adam had meant to talk to the coach that he was tired of only playing right field, and had meant to mention it to the coach. However, probably because of the sloppy fielding on Tuesday, the coach started shuffling the positions around. He had Adam practice at third. He must have liked what he saw, because that was the position Adam played most of the game.

I smiled at this; third base was my favorite position to play. Probably had a lot to do with the fact that I was a big fan of the Chicago Cubs' third baseman Ron Santo.

He did a great job at third base. He caught a line drive down the baseline that would have been an rbi double if he hadn't fielded it.

In addition to his fielding, his batting added to the game. He hit a bouncer on his first at-bat that he almost beat out. They narrowly threw him out at first, but the runner at third came in and scored. He got a sacrifice rbi, which brought his team the lead, which they never lost. He got another rbi later in the game when he was walked with bases loaded and scored a run himself when he was batted in.

After the game, over dinner, we talked about how many of his old teammates were on the A's, the team they played tonight. There were seven of his old teammates! Toward the end of the game, his old teammate Hugo was pitching. Hugo is a little pip of a guy, but plays with enthusiasm and intensity. It must run in the family; his grandfather played professional ball in Mexico and his father loves the game.

At the beginning of the game, the sky was threatening. There was a little sprinkle of rain, and then the sky began to clear. It turned out to be a lovely evening for a ball game. It was even nicer when our boys ended up winning the game 11-5. I can't think of a better way to end a long, tiring day.


GETkristiLOVE said...

Ah, 3b - the hot spot! I've always been an infielder myself. Not enough action in the outfield. Good job Adam!

Johnny Yen said...

Yeah, he's been enjoying working the hot corner!