Sam had his first wee ball practice tonight. I have definitely decided that it is going to be a fairly entertaining season. There are 7 boys and 3 girls on his team right now. However, Coach John, told us tonight that they had some kids register late so we will probably gain a few more players. They go by school year and so with the wacky way they cut off birthdays in Louisiana (Sept 30), Sam is probably the youngest on the team. There is another boy, Alex, who was born in August so Sam isn’t the baby by too much. This is DEFINITELY going to be more for socialization and learning to follow directions than for honing any hidden Don Mattingly skills Sam possesses. Sam was so easily distracted! I think it kind of frustrated Travis some but he has told me he will be OK come game time. He also mentioned that I should be the one to take Sam to practice since I didn’t get frustrated. Sam is not one of the star athletes on the team- honestly, most of them looked like they had played before (except Sam) but that is OK. We are both competitive people but apparently I can separate from my competitive side. HA HA!

His team is the Old South _______. We don’t know what the last word is and neither does Sam. His team colors are going to be red and black (so Dad Buddy pack your Falcon attire for when you come watch a game.) We are even getting parent shirts! That should be fun! At the end of practice we learned that their first game is actually going to be next week- March 22 (our 9th anniversary, by the way!) He will also have a game on March 23. Coach John hopes to have another practice before our game next week- he just hasn’t seen the practice schedule yet. His coach appears to be REALLY good with the little kids and learns names quickly. Here is the play by play of Sam’s first conversation with his coach…

Coach John: What is your name?
Sam: Sam with a W
Coach: What?
Sam: Sam Wright with a W (walks over to the coach and looks at his roster)
Coach: Oh, Sam Wright!
Sam: Yeah, right there (points to his name on the roster)
Coach: Yep, that’s you, buddy.

So, the rest of practice when the coach needed to get Sam’s attention he would say “Hey, Sam with a W, ______” It was hilarious!

Sam also made buddies with a boy named Trevor (I think). However, when I asked Sam about it he just told me that Trevor was his wife. HA HA!! Silly boy!

Ok, so here are the pictures and a couple of videos at the end. Sam definitely enjoyed himself.
We got there a bit early so Sam could check out the infield…

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First little team meeting…

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Batting practice. The parents (and Uncle Trey) had to help out a lot with this part.

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Sam, the switch hitter…

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Fielding practice…

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Batting practice with Coach John…

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More fielding practice (or chase the ball)…

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Sam and a new friend talking to each other- clueless that little kids were still having batting practice behind them…

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Sam and his other new friend (aka “Sam’s Wife”) shared his hat with Sam…

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Preparing to run the bases…

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Proof that Sam is my son- he was the last one to finish running around the bases. Speed is not our forte- we hit hard so we have time to run around the bases. 🙂

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Here are the videos…
Batting practice with Coach John

Running the bases (ignore the wind)

“Breaking it down”- Coach John is trying to teach them to do the team huddle cheer at the end of practices and games. One of the kids says “1-2-3” and then they all shout “Old South!” and throw their hands up. It is kind of funny.

It was a cute first practice. It definitely tired Sam out. I am looking forward to his first game.

🙂
Steph