Well. Where do I start? We’ve had a very interesting last 5 days. As you all now Bailey is on the traveling baseball team for our town. This was something he had to try out for. Something we had to pay for. Once he made it, it cost us $150 for league fees. Camp was $75. That’s only the beginning. We are willing to pay whatever the price (with some help from grandparents) it is for Bailey to play ball. He’s talented, and he takes it very serious. Yes, he has fun, don’t get me wrong. But we’re talking about an almost 10 year old that has a dream of being a Minnesota Twin someday. And to him, every game is one closer to the major leagues. Ask him, he’ll tell you just that. Okay, so we pay all this money for him to have everything he needs. A new bat, helmet, cleats, bat bag…you name, he has it. Not because he’s a spoiled brat either, he deserves this. Every other year has strictly been the $75 fee to play in-town ball. Yes, I have a point coming up here.
Those poor boys, have played 6 regular season games. They’ve lost every one. Not for the lack of trying either, on most their parts. Those kids have poured their sweat, and tears (even though there’s no crying in baseball) onto the fields. A few, probably shouldn’t be playing, but I think you always have that. I think some parents force their kids to play. Or, they just want to try it out for a summer. And in that case, have them play in-town ball. I don’t want to pay hundreds of dollars to have my son on a team full of kids just trying out baseball, because they’re tired of soccer! Bailey gets irritated with the few that mess around, the ones that don’t take it serious. There is a noticeable tension there between a few, the ones that care, and the ones that don’t. And to the ones that don’t care, there are no consequences to their actions. I am so sick of hearing,”oh they’re only 9.” Seriously? At 9, they should know how to act. And if they visibly don’t want to be out there, bench them until they show they care! As a parent, I’m not putting that much money and time into something that isn’t taken seriously. Again, I’d pay $75 for in-town ball.
The kids are getting so frustrated, starting to argue with each other and once that starts, I’m afraid they’ll never pull it together. The coach is just ridiculous! We know him, he coached Bailey 2 years ago. He is nice, very nice. And that was all fine and dandy for that type of baseball. They don’t emphasize on competition as much. Monday, he pitched 2 kids that have never ever pitched. Why? Because they asked if they could, and coach wants to be fair. He told Jason in the beginning of the game, he’d probably regret it. Well, the boy gave up 5 runs in the 1st inning and he was taken out. Obviously upset, it set the tone for the rest of the game. I have to ask, how is that fair to the boy?! Coach wants to be fair, but is he really, being fair?
So, does Jason talk the coach. It’s not even about them losing every game. We don’t feel he is giving them a fair shot at winning. A lot of money and time goes into this, and for what? For kids to “learn” how to play baseball. Come on! All the boys, are better at one position over another. Put them there, and keep them there. Let them win a regular season game, for Pete’s sake! Coach asked for Jason’s opinion on how to play the boys for the tournament, he listened and they won their 1st two games. He’s not listening anymore. Their spirits are fading fast!
The coach has a son on the team. And he’s good! What I’m afraid of is, his dad will coach them up until they are 15 and in high school. I sure wish I had an “easy” button for this one! And please, know that we encourage each and every kid on the team to do their best. Not just the ones that seem to care more. We cheer and hope the very best for each one. I just think baseball isn’t for every kid, and coaching isn’t for every man!