Friday, June 5, 2009


Sweaty palms.

Racing heart.

Clenched teeth.

Playing the best team in the league.

Everyone's watching.

So much pressure.

Blood pounding loud in the ears.

Block out the crowd.

Bases are loaded.

Two outs.

Two strikes.

Get a hit.

Keep your eye on the ball.

Strike three.

Charlie Browned it. Oh well. Better luck next time.

Time to pitch for the first time ever.

This team is loaded with power hitters.

Best hitters we've seen yet.

Wish it was an easier team.

Batter's ready.


Ball one.


Strike. Yes.

You can do it. Just relax. Focus. Don't worry. It will be ok. Teammates will help. They will help get the outs. Don't worry about Number 12. He is a power hitter. It's ok if he gets a big hit. Almost struck out Number 12. Yes! Keep up the good work. Arm's getting tired. It's ok. Hang in there. Doing great. Relax. Just playing a game of catch. Don't listen to the crowd. Over the top. Throw some strikes. Focus. Relax. Sling it in there. You can do it. It'll be alright.

I wonder what was going through Jack's mind during the game. This is why I never played organized sports. I can't handle the pressure.


Beth Cotell said...

This post had me sweating! Apparently I can't handle the pressure either!

peepaw/peeps said...

H:I know I was one of those FANS who were wishing and vocally encouraging JackieBoy. He sure has alot of potential and it is fun that everything isn't taken too seriously at this age. I was there at one time and it brings back wonderful memories. I hope all three of your BOYS will always enjoy these times together just as you treasure all of the events. Jack has grace under pressure, just watch him smile!PeacePaul

Monica said...

I so remember those days, watching the kids do their sport thing. I was always on the edge of my seat.

I so miss it now. Suck in as much as you can while you can.