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my little all-star

Sunday, July 6, 2008

And we thought we were almost done with baseball for the summer.
Turns out...
This means we have another week full of baseball, but we don't care.
We're so excited for him.
This is the first year Alek has really been given the chance to shine.
In the last four years Alek has played ball in our town, nobody tried him out for a position.
No one took a good look at his skills.
No one gave him a chance.
They stuck him in the outfield and hit a few balls his way now and then...rotating him with the other boys who 'weren't skilled enough.'
He batted fine and is a decent little runner, so they usually kept him in the lineup, but they never gave him a real chance to move into the infield and learn how to play the game.
And he hated it.
This year that all changed.
We asked him to give baseball one more chance and moved him out of our town's league and into a big city league where we hoped everyone would get the same fair shake.
It worked!
Alek finally had a coach that worked with the boys.
He talked to each boy individually, asked them what they wanted to play and then went about teaching them exactly how to do it.
While Alek's team certainly can't be accused of being stellar...the boys learned a ton! They improved by leaps and bounds over the course of the year.
Including Alek.
He finally got the chance to do what he wanted to do all along.
Play 3rd base...and pitch.
And he did pretty well.
Well enough to get voted to the league's all-star team by the league's coaches.
I have to admit I'm having a hard time not 'mentioning' his all-star status to some of the parents and coaches on the old team. ;>)
Part of me would really like to subtly mention it.
But I won't...
I won't rub it in.
I'll just be happy for him in my own little heart...
And pray they read all about it in the sports section! :)
(I know, I know, but I just can't help it! :)

10 salty messages:

Rachael July 7, 2008 at 7:08 AM  

Oh, congrats to your little all-star! Who's more excited? You or him? :)

Tina in CT July 7, 2008 at 7:47 AM  

Fantastic and congrats to your son!
He must have had a lot of fun during the season and learned a lot. How great that he progressed so much to be chosen for the all-star team. Shows what good coaching can do.

If I were you, I'd find it very hard not to get in a brag or two.

Kevin and Tammy July 7, 2008 at 8:54 AM  

Awesome. God has a funny way of revealing our gifts. I am glad you talked him into trying one more year. Great job.

Troy and Rachel July 7, 2008 at 12:54 PM  

YAY Alek!! That's fantastic!!

Auntie G July 7, 2008 at 1:32 PM  

Way to go Alek!!!

Christina July 7, 2008 at 6:44 PM  

whoo hoo Go Alek!! We had the same problem with my son's little league experience - just plain ol' ticked me off that they wouldn't even give him a chance to learn and grow and show what he could do. I'm glad your family found a good solution - and gave your son a chance to reach his ALL STAR potential!

Old DAN AND Little ANN July 8, 2008 at 1:06 AM  

Stopped by to catch up on your family and enjoyed reading your last several entries. So cute when big brother is working with little sis. Hope she gets those 'c's soon -- he looked concerned. That is so neat that you have stayed connected to the other family all these years. What a special thing to have in common!

Ashley July 8, 2008 at 12:25 PM  


Lindy July 8, 2008 at 1:10 PM  

CONGRATULATIONS, ALEK (and the rest of you for having such a "stellar" family member)!

Julie July 10, 2008 at 8:48 AM  

YAY!! Isn't it great when they get to show their potential!!

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