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We had set up the perfect perimeter.
It was then that the greatest consumer product upgrade in the last 10 years went into effect. I am talking of course about the development of spray-on sun block.
The moral of this story: if the kids aren't talking to each other, they aren't taunting each other.
Ah, the mysterious Chicago Public League. For some reason, these two lost teams ended up on our modest little diamond.
The boy's dad sidled over to me and said something to the effect of "You're kid punked out my kid." When we relived the highlights after the game, the play in question was at the top of the list.
I alway have to remind myself that if my son over-reacts to sporting stimuli, he comes by it naturally. His father was a noted crybaby in his day.
One of the moms of one of the boys on the team said quietly that you could tell who the girls were by the way they ran. She then quickly added "except yours of course."
At intermission, my wife went in and helped Alana make her rather jarring change from tap-dance outfit to baseball uniform. They left on her stage make-up, which Alana made sure to show her coach.
Serving up a popular snack in a way that doesn't leave you feeling at least slightly queasy is not easy.
We had only one bad-hop bloodied face last year but there were plenty of bruises and bumps. The kids' shins always take a beating.
It doesn't take much to lose kids at his level. One struck out early in his first game and never came back.
Keeping the children hydrated, something we didn't worry about in my day, was the biggest drama of our season-opener - against the Cubs, a team that amazingly enough was sponsored by "Obama for President."