We had the van backed up and the door raised. The 12 x 12 tent was pulled out. The big vinyl chairs would spread around. The cooler was full of ice. There were chips, sunflower seeds, oranges, and other assorted eats and drinks.
We also had the Bose speaker that connected wirelessly to our iPhone so we could play loud music. All we needed were those famous words, “Play ball!!!”.
And they came.
It was a six inning single elimination tournament.
We were eliminated.
The score was 14-13. No worries. No sorrow. The season is over. Haydn had a real good game. He was hit by the ball and he was walked. He stole a few bases (maybe three) and scored a run. He finished well.
It was hot even under the tent. I know the boys were hot, but no one complained. They played well, yelled loud, and did all they could do. We now move on to the next inning in our lives. That will be fun too.
Today may be the final game of the season. Haydn has a playoff game with one of the superior teams in our league. Our team is 2-8 for the ten game season. It has been a good season and we have had a lot of fun.
We’re not a good team and the best thing about that is nobody seems to be bothered by our inability to play well. That is a good thing. I’m glad they have a healthy dose of “it’s okay if we lose; we’re having a good time” attitude.
I’ve asked Hadyn several times if it bothered him to lose and he says, “No” every time. I’m glad about this. He enjoys being with his team and he is a leader on the field.
One of the dads told me last game how Haydn hustles all the time. He does. He leads the team to the on field line up formation before the game. He leads the team on the field at the start of each inning.
Last game he organized all the equipment for the coach toward the end of the game so it could be gathered easily to load in the cars. As the game ended, it began to rain, which made is proactive organizing all the more important. We snatched it up and loaded it for the coach.
Though it has been a good experience, it will be nice to move on to other summer activities. So much to do; so much fun to have. Summer, family, fun, and memories galore. It’s a wonderful life.