The lad started playing baseball on the weekend. He did a come a try session (well two) a few weeks ago and absolutely loved it so we’re joining the ranks of club sport for this one. It also means I’m losing my Sunday mornings to playing, Friday afternoons to training, and my hip pocket will take more of a hit as club sport is more expensive than school sport.
Having said that I’m noticing a huge difference in the two types of sport. Club sport is nowhere near as a casual as school sport but it’s not that full on that the kids feel inadequate. Quite the opposite in fact. On Sunday I was really pleased that all the parents there were really supportive of all the kids, and knew all the kids names. When JJ showed his hitting prowess one of the parents commented on it and when I said that he was dumping cricket for baseball he said that it was cricket’s loss. My parent feathers fluffed at this.
I don’t know where JJ gets his abilities from as I was never that much good at sport. I managed to play for the A grade tennis for my local tennis club but that’s because we were a very small club, only had a few members and many of the women chose those few years to get pregnant so I flew up the ranks by default.
Taking up baseball also means that because he’s halfway during his cricket season neither one of us wants to let the team down so there goes Saturday mornings too. And I’ve only got one kid to ferry around for all of this!
So he had a great game on Sunday even though he was off for half of it. He had a couple of turns with batting and was run out for his first hit but his second hit eventually meant a home run. I’m sure I held my breath when he was on third base but he made it and he reckons I had the quietest reaction out of everyone else that was cheering him on. But I was so excited for him. He was proud of himself too.
Fast-forward a few days a kid at school said to him that one of JJ’s team-mates said that JJ was wearing a Family Man baseball cap and looked like an idiot. I’m not sure if it was his school mates take or whether it was his team-mates. Either way it gave me the shits that it was even mentioned. He was only wearing a non-club baseball cap because he hasn’t got his club one yet and he chose it himself on one of our op-shop visits. Actually he has to keep pushing it down on his hair because his hair has grown and that in itself is just like a cap.
Luckily JJ didn’t take this comment too seriously as he doesn’t really like this kid that much (the school one) and we tried to think of some comebacks if it ever happens again. Apparently my suggestions weren’t that good. What’s wrong with ‘That’s not very nice’?
So, anyone got some good, age appropriate, come-back lines if this type of thing happens again?
Yay to baseball – and to having a boy with enough self-esteem that a little baseball cap bullying can be ridden over!!
It’s taken a bit though. He was adamant that he wanted to quit after training on Friday. He agreed to play on Sunday and felt a lot better about it after that. He’s been doing really well and scored another home run and the coach has said that he’d like him to pitch as well. I really hope he sticks it out. He’ll make friends and I think he’ll enjoy himself.