Thursday, April 1, 2010

Discouragement with baseball

Ok so my son was excited about baseball before the opening day game when he was benched the majority of the game and it was the first time ever he had been benched that long.  He was benched because there was another catcher who missed most of the practices (which Desmond caught in) due to a shoulder injury.  Glad to see the boy is back and feeling better but because he is back my son has been benched more than any other player, and he was at all the practices and filled in for this child as he was out, he was told he was the catcher for the team, but when the other kid comes back they make Desmond sit out.  Why can't they let them take turns more and let the other kid sit out some too?  Give him a break?  Desmond went from playing every play in some way to not getting to play and it was not for any reason other than the other boy is a bit better and has returned.   I mean why make him sit out so many innings?  He went from playing every single game last year to barely playing this year?  Why did you select him on your team if you aren't going to play him? Why did you practice him so hard as catcher if you aren't going to play him there?  I mean if that other child's shoulder gets messed up again, you are going to want him to catch then right? Well, he probably won't do it for you then.... you are taking his love of baseball away from him. 

He had stitches and missed only 1 game because of it.  He was there, in uniform supporting his team, but could not play.  The stitches are out and he is all excited about playing again....to get to the game and get to play one inning in the out field.  I know how baseball is and I know its not always fair.  But when we are ahead 16-7 and you have moved players all around because of our lead and letting different players play at different positions why was my son still left on the bench?  He is the only kid who sat out that many innings.  He didn't do anything to deserve that, and I saw his heart breaking which made me mad!

So not that you read this blog coach, but if my son continues to sit out like this, we might as well no longer be a part of it, because there is no need in him hurting and suffering over it or me wasting my time with it if you don't care enough about him to try to play him.  He is not a bad player, not as good as some others but you know what his team won city champions last year with him playing catcher.... I have seen him make mistakes and seen him make awesome plays. I have seen him strike out and seen him make great hits.  Maybe he isn't as consistant as you would like but from where I stand you aren't very consistant either.

Oh yeah, you need to quit yelling at your son and embarrasing him out on the field like you do, if he made contact and hit the ball its better than striking out and I am damn sure that you wouldn't and couldn't hit the ball perfectly everytime so quit expecting that from you kid!

Now I hear my son say he hates baseball, he never wants to play it again.....when I remember him coming home from the first practices saying he loved baseball and he loved catching.  Funny how things can change when you mistreat someone how they look at things so differently. 
Sad when he is a good ball player, and with the right coaching is even a great ball player. 

Not to mention this league we are in allows stupid shit to go on all around the field.  Do you know that folks drive around the ballfield in golf carts.  They are too lazy to walk a few feet so they drive their golf carts over from the point mallard subdivision, not only do they drive them over there where they do not belong, but they allow children under the age of 10 to drive them in excessive speeds around the park where children are playing. No rules against it so why not do it.  These fucking parents are morons.  They will wait until a child gets injuried or heaven forbid dies from somone driving those carts before they make a rule about it.  I mean even on the golf courses you have to 14 or 15 to drive the carts.  Come on people... lets make the parks safe and baseball fun for all the players. 

I am not a fan of starting something and quitting it.  Once you start it, you finish it.  But when it comes to this particular team and this particular coach if things don't change maybe we should quit, then they wont have enough players to keep one or two of them benched all the time and we can spend our time camping out and enjoy our family and figuring out another sport that Desmond may want to play since his love of baseball is slipping away. 

Very discouraged. 

Simplicity

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