Hunter is so excited to start baseball. With the first weekend’s games having been canceled due to weather, his first actual game was last night, April 17th. Josh is an assistant coach and Hunter proudly wears number 7. Hunter got all of his gear- ball bag, bat, balls and helmet for his birthday last week.
I had Wyatt, an official 6 week old in tote and Deacon in the stands next to me. In this league, coaches pitch the first 5 pitches and then the coach will bring out the T for the boys to hit from if needed. Each boy has a chance to hit basically every other inning. Also, in the field, the boys all rotate positions so Hunter played right field then third base and then first base.
In the 2nd inning, Hunter was up to bat. His very first at bat in his very first baseball game. Swing and a miss, swing and a miss and after 2 coaches pitches, he swung and hit the ball! He ran at first and then took a little stroll to first base. Josh and I were so proud of him! He was just thrilled. I’m so glad to have caught this on video to share.
The boys have only had a few practices so far and Hunter is still so new to the game, they are still a little (or a lot) lost while playing. As a parent, it is the greatest thing in the world to watch. Now I finally understand from a parent’s perspective that nothing is better than this. They are learning and just so excited to be there and a part of a team. At one point when Hunter was sitting in the dugout waiting for his turn to bat, he ran out of the dugout and over to me just to quickly tell me, “Mommy, I really like playing baseball”! Josh has been so great working with the boys at home to help build those skills. Hunter is really trying and as they practice at home, Deacon just has fun. We tell DD that he has to be 5 to play although he would love to join big brother on the field now.
And at Hunter’s second time up to bat, I walked over close to their dugout to get a few photos. I was wearing Wyatt and Deacon stood by my side. Hunter had his 5 pitches and then they brought out the T. He hit and ran to first base. As I got a few photos, I heard a roar of laughter behind me. As I turned around to see parents and grandparents in hysterics, I was confused but then looked down to find Deacon. He was whipping it out, arcing up high and taking a pee right there in front of everyone. No smile on his face, he wasn’t trying to be funny, he just had to go!
We’ve had to tell him so many times before that he can’t just pee anywhere. While we live where he can go outside, off the deck, in the yard, anywhere he’d like and no one would ever see him, this is not something he can do in public. I quickly yelled, “Deacon!”, but it was too late. He finished peeing right there where everyone walks behind the fenced dugout and was totally unphased. I told him that we can’t do that and next time just let me know and I will take him somewhere. I apologized to the parents and grandparents around me and they basically smiled and told me boys will be boys. Oh.my.goodness.
I then went to sit back in my seat with Wyatt and Deacon and laughed so hard I was crying. These boys make me smile and laugh every single day. Hopefully, though, next week it won’t happen again. I was so embarrassed.
The team finished with a team cheer and snacks provided by one of the parents.
You guys, these are the days to remember. I can’t wait for next week.