We drove down to Rochester Friday afternoon for a baseball tournament. It took us about 2 hours, once we got out of the cities. It was a beautiful drive, who knew southern Minnesota was so hilly, and scenic?!
We were the first ones to arrive, we checked everything out, even took a nice walk around the neighborhood. Once the rest of the team starting trickling in, the boys got ready for the pool. To see how they interacted outside of baseball, off the field, was something else! As we were sitting there watching the boys play, we noticed there were quite a few teams staying there. I know I am and always will be bias when it comes to my son, and his team, his friends. There were boys screaming, running up and down the halls, all around the pool and entertainment area. A lot of boys being rather rude, if you ask me. But not ours. They did run a bit, and they did yell some. Nothing outrageous, kids being kids. But never were they disrespectful to anyone. It was the same thing for the rest of the weekend, even at the field. When other teams were messing around, our boys were either practicing or watching other games. The way they played on that field, cheering each other on, encouraging one another was inspiring. They started out as 12 boys, some who barely knew each other, and have now formed a brotherhood. They have each others back, on and off the field. A far cry from a few weeks ago. They connected, and in my opinion is was just what they needed! They ended up winning their 1st game 16-1! Got beat the 2nd game, but not by much. Game 3 they won, and then they were off to the qualifying game for the winners bracket. That game went into 2 extra innings. They lost, by one. That was a very emotional game, and they graciously took their loss.
On our way home Sunday, Jason and I talked about the weekend. How did we get so lucky to be apart of something so amazing? We’ve complained about the coaches, we haven’t always been happy with the way the boys played. But looking back now, I wouldn’t give it up for anything in the world. We have the best group of little guys we could ever ask for. I couldn’t be more proud if I birthed them myself! I look forward to the next 5 years of this.
I’m adding an email Jason wrote to each parent and coach, with his permission. He put it into words, that I never could.
“I am VERY emotional when it comes to sports and being part of a team. I cheer, yell and get carried away at times because my emotions take over. When I’m around a group of kids that I know have the ability and the desire to be the best I become a little harder on them because I will not accept second best when I know they are capable of much more.
After that being said…..Nicole and I were going through the camera on the way home yesterday and looking at pictures of the kids in the pools, rooms and on the field. I don’t want to admit this but it brought tears to my eyes. It instantly brought me back 20 years. Remembering the times I would travel with my all-star team, my BEST FRIENDS. I was in little league so we didn’t travel unless you made the all start team. These boys are blessed with a gift that most kids will never know.
Recapping the weekend through our heads I would like you all to know how proud I was to be a part of BISON 9AAA. The way our boys acted ON/OFF the field set a bar so high for any team behind us I can’t really put into words. The way these boys represented the city of Buffalo , Buffalo baseball, and the true meaning of teammates was OUTSTANDING. We had a parent from Forest Lake come over before our Sunday game and tell us we were a “class act”. As a Parent, a coach it was awesome to hear. Whether we won or lost, every one knew Buffalo was at that tournament.
I just wanted to let you all know how proud you should be of your little guys. I have literally been on a hundred different teams with every sport you can think of and this group of nine-year olds is one of the best mannered, fun teams I have had the privilege to associate myself with. I am proud to be a fellow parent, coach, and at times the 13th little guy.”
*I now this is not our typical Free Chat type of post, I just wanted to share this with you all. Thanks for taking the time to read, and have a great weekend! Go on now….chat away!