Baseball season is in full swing (slight pun intended). Unfortunately, we’ve gotten off to a bit of a rough start for Matthew this year. We think he sprained his wrist a while ago. (Or he at least somehow tweaked it – just did a ‘lil something to his right hand/wrist). So that certainly hasn’t helped. We’ve wrapped and iced it off and on, but we probably just need to take him in and have it looked at as it doesn’t seem to be getting a whole lot better.
We thought things actually started off great. At game #1, Matthew was the very first batter of the entire season! First pitch, he made contact with the ball (though hit it close to the pitcher who was able to snag it and get Matthew out at first). Later that game, Matthew walked and then proceeded to steal 2nd, 3rd and then home too! I gotta say (totally braggy-pants for a second); Matthew IS a smart, solid base runner…when he gets on base. That’s where the roughness comes in. Since that very first at-bat, Matthew has yet to get a hit. We’re talking five games now of either striking out or walking. What’s so frustrating is that his swing looks fantastic – like better than ever – but his timing has gotten completely wonky when he even swings. And that’s the other problem. This is kid pitch, people. You can’t be that picky waiting for a perfect pitch as they don’t happen all the time. We’ve also go kid-ish umps (teenagers) who are also learning the ropes. They don’t call perfect games, but, for the most part, they do a pretty darn good job. But Matthew’s just standing there watching decent pitches go by. I’m not sure what’s going on, but we’re all getting frustrated.
All Mike and I can do is encourage him (to swing the stinkin’ bat)!! But I’m praying – PA-RAYING – that things start looking up or it’s going to be a.) a long season and b.) probably his last (since we had to strongly encourage him to play one more – with this different league).
The different league that we switched to is fantastic though! I wish we’d made the move years ago. They have so many rules in place that don’t allow for all the drama, politics, and crap that we had to deal with through our smaller local league. We definitely miss some of the families and Matthew getting to be on the same team with classmates, but so far everyone at the new league is great. If only our kiddo were playing better. Look, we all know it’s about having fun. Totally true. But we also know that it’s really hard to have fun when you’re just having a rough go of it.
So, while I know there are way bigger issues out there – WAY more important things for God to be dealing with – I’ve selfishly begun praying for Matthew’s baseball playing skills. And I miss being able to vent to my dad about Little League season. Sure, I can still ‘talk’ to him about it, but it’s just not the same. At all.