It’s that time of year:)
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
Spring might have had a late start on the blessed isle but the same can’t be said about baseball season. It started right on track. Moreover, this year’s tryouts were not stressful at all. What an awesome change from previous years!!! We knew going in that my son had a good chance of being selected. Almost half the kids were first year peewee, and he rest had mostly played AAA last year. Only three of the players played AA with Keagan last season.
The first tryout was fun. The kids were ready — after the longest winter ever — and being outside was just what they needed. At every tryout, parents always know the kids who won’t make it. Every year up until now, it was my kid. So this year I needed it to be different. I needed him to make the team so that he would be finally recognized for how much he has learned. For him, I think he needed to make the team for his own self-esteem.
Please note that I’m not a parent who freaks if their kid fails. I truly think that not making the team, not winning all the time and being told no, builds character. It also teaches our kids to work harder and try harder. But failure is supposed to breed success, and in this context, Keagan needed this year to become his success story. During the first tryout, he was only one of five kids who actually hit the ball. During the second tryout, he won the base running. In the third tryout, his catching and throwing was “almost” perfect. And then I knew that in all those years of learning from his mistakes, he had finally pulled it off. Yes, my son made the AAA team…..yay!!!!!
But it doesn’t end there. Our first game looked promising. The kids were ahead by 6-4 right until the bottom of the 7th. We had two outs. The batting lineup worked in favour of the home team. As we looked on, the next player hit the ball just past first base. The next right down the middle. With 2nd and third bases loaded and players ready to run, the next player got up to bat. He hit the ball to left field. Keagan jumped but it went right over his head, and the home team won 7-4. It was difficult to watch. Needless to say, he felt like he let his team down.
It was a tough drive home. Game two is tomorrow night. The kids are ready. They know what to do. Keagan is ready. He knows what needs done. Still, win or lose, the outcome is much less important than making sure the kids have fun. It is a lesson we all need to remember — not only in baseball — but in life itself. Jesus said, “Ye have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and [that] your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in My name, He may give it you.” (John 15:16) 🙂 🙂