Tears and T-Ball

A number of years ago, while visiting my son and his family in Austin, Texas, we attended a “T-Ball” game that my grandson was in.  The two teams(8-10years old) were decked out in very authentic looking uniforms.  My grandson was a ‘Dodger’. As you know, T-ball has no pitcher. The rubber baseball sits on a waist-high  ‘T’ and each batter swings until he makes contact. As the game unfolded one of the young fellows took his place in the ‘on-deck’ circle and sat down, crying.  The spectators felt sorry for the youngster and one asked his dad, “Don’t you think you should find out the problem?”  The dad, shrugged his shoulders and said, “He does this every first time at bat. He’ll be OK”. And he was. He stepped up and whacked the ball all the way to the shortstop. Once his team was in the field, he was playing shortstop. Most of the ‘hits’ were ground balls to the shortstop, so his dad called, “protect your face, son. a grounder could jump up and hit you!” The youngster immediately held his glove right in front of his face. There was no way he could see it the ball was coming his way, but fortunately the ‘dribbles’ didn’t make it that far. This youngster must feel better when he learns that professional baseball players cry too. Upon overhearing a fan say that he was to be traded, infielder Wilmer Flores of the NY Mets, broke down and cried. He continued to play and received a standing ovation in the 8th inning. The rumor was based on prior plans to trade Flores, but that fell through. His manager told him that “Crying doesn’t belong in the Majors, so get out there and play ball”.  He did, just as our young friend did. It may be difficult to complete a task, but I was taught to do so to the best of my ability. I was successful, most of the time. Not perfect, just Forgiven!  Amen?  AMEN

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