The 11-12 Goodlettsville ALL-Stars returned home yesterday with the State Title!! We sent home every team and went undefeated. From here, it’s on to the World Series in MS.
Parker led the team in home runs! He had 3 in yesterday’s best 2 out of 3 championship game.
At first, it appeared that Parker was off of his game. His second time up to bat he just stood there and took three strikes without swinging once!!!
Usually, I’m not a competitive person. Don’t get me wrong. I love watching my son play ball. I cheer without fail for our team, and I even paint my car. But secretly after 6 days of continuous baseball, I was ready to go home win or lose. The whole scene was losing it’s appeal for me.
Suddenly, when Parker stood there and struck out without even swinging the bat something came over me. I yelled from the stands, “You get three swings, you know! Use them next time or I will!”
It just popped out of my mouth before I knew what I was saying as if I were overcome by some baseball spirit. Others in the stands laughed at my response which was so out of character for me. I quickly placed both of my hands over my mouth in shock of what had spilled out! It’s not like Parker hadn’t struck out before. He had. The difference was he went down swinging. This time, it was as if he didn’t even try. That’s what pushed my button. I don’t mind if my children give it their all and fail whether it’s sports, school or life. I do care if they don’t try. That became obvious.
As it turned out, my motivational speech worked! The next two times Parker came up to bat, he hit a home run!
I’m so proud of him and the rest of the team! They all played hard. In doing so, they earned the State Title!
It’s good to be home. Now, I can look forward to and finish my final preparations for She Speaks!! I hope to see some of you there! It’s my favorite conference. I look forward to it every year!