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We’re Ahead, Aren’t We?

June 8, 2009

In the middle of the fifth inning of my son’s Babe Ruth baseball game last week, I overheard the left fielder  ask a teammate, “We’re ahead, aren’t we?” Neither of them was following the score, which at that moment, had their team behind 8-2.

I thought to myself, “This game is not even close.  How could they not know that they were losing?”   Then it dawned on me.   Here they were outside on a beautiful day, friends and classmates on both teams,  and homework has to wait a few hours.  The metal spiked soles of their shoes, the 70 mph fastballs, and slides into third base (with the bonus of creating a dust cloud to boot) add  the element of danger that boys seem to love.  They are chomping on sunflower seeds secure in the fact that in this setting, it’s socially acceptable for them to publicly spit out the husks.

In the greater scheme of a 14 year old boy’s afternoon, they weren’t losing at all.

Yeah, kid, you’re ahead.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. June 8, 2009 10:18 am

    Amen! In the endgame, winning and losing aren’t really the point. Having fun along the way is everything.

  2. Char Beaulieu Holland permalink
    June 8, 2009 10:55 am

    What a neat story! My son’s team is in first place for their division, and are gearing up for their first Championship game Tuesday. Our team motto is to always have fun and exhibit good sportsmanlike behavior. Life is great when you’re 12 years young!

    • rungster permalink*
      June 8, 2009 11:06 am

      Thanks, Char! It helps us remember to keep things in perspective.

  3. Sheila permalink
    June 9, 2009 9:56 am

    great site, rosemarie. Wish I had the initiative! Keep it up.

  4. June 16, 2009 8:54 pm

    I like this post.

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