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Baseball at its bestPosted Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at 11:29 AM
There is nothing more fun than watching a group of three to five year olds playing t-ball. I went to my youngest granddaughter's first t-ball game on Friday. We watched the two teams and they were there to play. Some were there to play ball, others to play in the dirt and some to socialize with friends. They were all cute.
They bat around, they learn which way to run, they learn to play as a team, they learn to hit the ball and they have a good time. There are not scores and no winners or losers. They just are out there to have fun.
We realize the t-ball atmosphere can't stay with them forever. They do grow up and have to start keeping score. Eventually, they learn what it is to be out and playing a position.
They are fun to watch. Before the game, my granddaughter told me she was a good slider so I was expecting her to try out her sliding skills, but she evidently did not have to.
It is all in fun and it is good for them because they make friends, get exercise and they do learn about the game.
I want to commend the coaches and volunteers who work with the children. We were involved when our children were growing up and I know it takes a lot of time, not to mention patience. It is also extra expense on budgets. Remember, you are doing it for the children. With the gas prices today, it can be a stretch.
I have never been sorry of the time I spent coaching softball or cheering on the baseball teams.
All of our towns have ball fields and we can drive by almost any night of the week and we will see kids out playing baseball and softball.
If you stop and think about it, they could be doing a lot worse things than spending time at the ballpark.
I hope all of the young players have fun and have a great year. Parents go and enjoy, time passes and our children grow up much faster than we think they will.
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Revis Blaylock has been on staff with the Manila Town Crier for over 35 years. She has enjoyed making friends in all the areas that the Town Crier covers. This blog contains her general ramblings about events throughout Buffalo Island. She welcomes your comments and ideas for future stories.