Saturday, June 07, 2008

Saturday Morning Baseball

The Evil Dictator had a baseball game this morning at 8:30. His Senior League Red Sox played the Senior League White Sox at Welles Park in Chicago. Here are a few pictures.

On Deck
It's funny to watch the various boys, and what they do on deck. Some guys go outside and swing a bat or two bats. Adam just goes up and calmly waits his turn.

It's interesting to me to watch how my son experiments with stance with each at-bat.

This at-bat, which was actually his last, he hit it with a solid connection. It was fielded and he was thrown out at first.

Right Field
While he loves to play second base, and has actually played first base a few times this season, Adam is generally put out in right field because he's got the best arm on the team-- as I've mentioned before, he can get the baseball in to the catcher on a fly to right without having to hit a cut-off man.

The Bench
The kids in the Senior League are all seventh and eighth graders, so there is probably the most variation in size in the guys of all the levels. This picture of the bench shows that.

The Lead-Off
In his second at-bat, Adam got on first on a walk. He promptly stole second base. Here he takes a healthy lead-off.

Bolting For Third
With two outs, a batter after him hit a fly toward center, so he sprinted for third base. Unfortunately the ball was caught, ending the inning.

"Good Game!"
At the end of every game, the guys walk past one another, proclaiming to the members of the opposite team "Good game!" This practice of good sportsmanship is one of the things I like about the little league games.

Post-Game Meeting
Every game, win or lose, there's a meeting at the end of the game, where the coach hands out congratulations and/or suggestions for improvements. Today it was all congratulations; the Red Sox' good hitting and aggressive baserunning led them to a 9-3 victory today. Their record is now 6-3.


Mathman6293 said...

Nice game and record. My boy played two today. Tied and won. Nice pics, too. I don't get to take pic due to my coaching responsibilities.

Cap'n Ergo Jinglebollocks said...

lovely! I was in baseball-- I hated it.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I feel like I was there! Looks like a fine day for a ballgame too.

Bubs said...

Looks like a perfect afternoon. I love the action shots of the at-bat, right after he's connected, and the shot of him running to third.

I had forgotten about the Wilco connection. Nora says that's incredibly cool.

GETkristiLOVE said...

#13 is the best number. I wore it all through my baseball and softball career because it was my Dad E's number (he was born on the 13th).

Adam just looks like a baseball player.

Erik Donald France said...


Doc said...

Ah, the boys of summer...


Johnny Yen said...

Thanks! Good for you for coaching. A couple of times they've asked me to coach in the past and I've begged off. When I was a teacher, the summer was my time not to be around a bunch of kids all the time, and to be honest, as well as I know the game, I don't feel I know the game well enough to coach.

cap'n ergo-
I'm sorry you hated it! I would never have made my son do it; he asked me to sign him up. He loves it.

It was picture-perfect, unlike most of the games earlier in the season, where I couldn't feel my feet or hands at the end of the game.

It was, except it was in the morning! As Ernie Banks used to say, "Let's play two!"

I still haven't been able to find out how we're connected, but yes, it's way-cool!

This is the second time he's had the number-- he loves it, particularly because it's my lucky number. Yes, he does have a ballplayer's physique, doesn't he?

These are definitely the best times in my life, watching him.