Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Josh is managing Jagger's baseball team this year which is coach pitch.

We have 3 sets of parents eager to help out whenever we ask, then we have another group that is eager to talk crap about every child on the team with the exception of their own of course.
Since we are short on helpers, I was lucky enough to be bench coach for Jag's game yesterday.
I was literally locked in a cage with 12 six year old boys armed with bats, helmets and water bottles. Somehow I managed to keep the chaos to a minimum and lose my voice screaming for the boys in pinstripes.

One boy wet his pants just before the start of the game, 2 kids got hit in the nose with the ball and 1 kid got hit in "the nethers".

It was the best of times it was the worst of times...

I am finally getting to know the boys' names so now the boy formerly known as "the one who's mom had a baby on Thursday" is called "Timmy" and the boy known as "kid who stands ON home plate facing the pitcher when he gets up to bat" is now called "Bobby".

But I digress...

We had a pizza party on Friday and after Josh and I left the complainer parents began to do their thing.

We lost our first 2 games and that of course means the coach sucks right! One parent actually said "I wish we had a more complete team". Now, if you mean complete as in a team who keeps their pants completely dry I agree but I don't think that's what he meant. Another parent is constantly complaining LOUDLY in the stands that we need a better pitcher (remember this is coach pitch so you have a grown man volunteering to throwing the ball at small children with a 2 inch strike zone). Our team mom asked "complainer dad" to volunteer to pitch or umpire a game but he refused to help (typical!). The same day we got an anonymous email (chicken) telling us to bench one kid who is a little hyped out so we can win some games. Great idea buddy! Our mantra can be "Win if you can...lose if you must but ALWAYS CHEAT!"

Josh made it clear that he (unlike some other managers) will always play by the rules and let all the kids play ball in the infield and outfield just like the rules mandate. Some managers stick the less capable players in the outfield the entire game and Josh will not do that. They need to learn at this age.

Yesterday we won! The kids looked great, Josh walks on water as far as the parents are concerned and we did it all by the book.

For those of you interested in watching a game they are at Mile Square Park on the Brookhurst side. You can find the schedule by clicking here. Look for the Yankee games.
posted by World of Wright at 8:38 AM |

7 Comments:

At March 10, 2009 at 9:58 AM, Blogger Sarah B. said........
So I was missing basbeall because this is Ethan's first NON-baseball season....but after reading this I am now thankful again that we are missing it..lol. Parents get crazy and I love how the adults can ruin a child's game. I will have to get Ethan out there to at least watch a game...see if he is missing it like me. :)
 


At March 10, 2009 at 10:58 AM, Blogger Rick said........
Sounds like the kids are being prepared for high school baseball in EVERY way, including the parents in the stands. Welcome to my life for the last 36 years!
 


At March 10, 2009 at 12:59 PM, Blogger Bits from Bonnie said........
You know, there's an old saying that I just made up....

There are those who parent, and those who complain about parents!!!

I'd rather parent. Isn't that apparent???

But seriously, it is apparent that Josh is a great coach. Who takes great pains to please great egos!!!
 


At March 10, 2009 at 2:02 PM, Blogger Heidi said........
I seriously don't know how you tolerate it...

On a separate note "the nethers" was hilarious.

I'm NOT looking forward to organized sports.
 


At March 10, 2009 at 3:41 PM, Blogger World of Wright said........
Heidi-Sadly the nethers is a common expression in my house.
 


At March 10, 2009 at 9:58 PM, Blogger VikingMom said........
Thankfully not every year of baseball is like that...but they are the years that sear the psyche and make one weary of who to befriend on your child's team. Nice thing is, that eventually the complainers all ditch the nice coaches for another team because their kid's not getting enough playing time. Then you're left with the good parents and the good kids...much nicer that way. At least for a while. Then you go to highschool and it starts all over again!
 


At March 10, 2009 at 10:01 PM, Blogger Rick said........
Once I forgot how to coach basketball, Jan had to be careful where she sat so as not to get an earfull from an angry and clueless parent