The Edmond Sun

Sports Opinion

March 3, 2009

CORTESE: Young pro baseball prospects

An ad caught my eye a few weeks ago in the Edmond Sun newspaper. Edmond All Sports Inc. (EASI) was looking for Umpires for the upcoming youth baseball season. What is this all about I thought to myself? Must be getting ready for the start of baseball? Youth baseball, oh do I remember it well. What fun it was raising two sons who I thought might be able to make it to the big leagues someday. I was sure these kids had what it takes. I remember, driving them not only around the cities of Boulder and Denver, but to other hot spots like Steamboat Springs and Vail just to play games. Many times playing teams from other states. If memory serve me well I think one year they played about thirty games during the Spring and Summer Months.

Jim, my oldest by a little more than a year, was smooth playing the infield. I even saw him turn a double play once. Granted, he was playing second base when he caught a pop up by the bag and his momentum carried him on to the base as the runner from second ran for third. I think that kid is still running.

Jim wasn’t much at the plate, but I knew he would get better with age. He was, however, a very capable bunter. In one very important game he bunted three times and made it to first base safely, all three times. I think the next time he got up he was hit by the pitcher, what a great ride home. Unfortunately, in the next game he struck out four straight times. Wasn’t sure why the coach didn’t have him bunt.

I remember one time Jim was standing at the plate, cleaning his cleats and looking at the coach on third base giving him the signals. Our team was losing 18-17. There were two outs and bases loaded. I remember the count being three balls and two strikes. (Jim tried to bunt twice but they both bounced foul.) I was a wreck, nervously I yelled encouragement.

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