And I’m not just talking about Major League Baseball. Sure, I love when I get to watch my Cardinals play, which admittedly has not been often. It’s this feeling that I’m missing some good stuff on the diamond that makes me sorely tempted to sign up for cable.
Monday night, I was watching another set of Cardinals, my nephew’s team at the Mt. Juliet Little League.
It is fun (and at times frustrating, even though I’m not a parent...yet) to watch those children go out there and play their hearts out. I found myself on several occasions making comments about how one of the fielders should have thrown to a different place, or other things. Then I have to remind myself that they are 9 years old and are going to make mistakes.
Still, seeing the smiles on those faces when someone got a good hit or made an out with a good throw is enough to make everyone watching smile.
I can still remember running around the diamond when I was that age. I loved every minute of it.
As it turns out, so does my nephew. At Monday’s game, he received the game ball after going two-for-two with three RBIs in the win.
It was my first time this year to get to see his team play, and a couple of the coaches commented they were going to “kidnap me for the next game because I must be a good luck charm.” I doubt they’d want to do that with my husband and I expecting our first child next week, but I laughed all the same.
I’m already waiting for the day when our little boy gets to go run around in the dirt on the baseball diamond, or whatever other extracurricular activity he wants to do.
Teamwork, good sportsmanship and all those things that you learn in sports translate well into daily life. I think sometimes we just get caught in the moment and forget to see the fun side of things.
But the next time I get to cheer on my nephew’s team, I know I’ll leave with a smile on my face.
Kimberly Jordan is a staff writer for The Democrat. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow her on Twitter @wilsonnewsroom.