There’s nothing like a good baseball game to let you know that spring has truly arrived.
And I’m not just talking about Major Leagues. Sure, I love when I get to watch my Cardinals play, which admittedly has not been often. It’s this feeling that I’m missing some good stuff on the diamond that makes me sorely tempted to sign up for cable. I was excited to hear that Albert Pujols joined the 500 homer club Tuesday. I am happy for him, even if I was secretly wishing he’d done it in Cardinal red.
But Tuesday night I was watching another team in red, my nephew’s team at the Mt. Juliet Little League.
It is fun (and at times frustrating, even though I’m not a parent) to watch those kids go out there and play their hearts out. I found myself on several occasions making comments about how one of the fielders should have thrown to a different place, or other things. Then I have to remind myself that they are seven years old and are going to make mistakes.
Still, seeing the smiles on those faces when someone got a good hit or made an out with a good throw is enough to make everyone watching smile. I can still remember running around the diamond when I was that age. I loved every minute of it.
As it turns out, so does my nephew. He was so excited at the end of that game to find out he had won the game ball. We were all excited to. Team work, good sportsmanship and all those things that you learn in sports translate well into daily life. I think sometimes we just get caught in the moment and forget to see the fun side of things.
But the next time I get to cheer on my nephew’s team, I know I’ll leave with a smile on my face.
Kimberly Jordan is The Democrat’s general assignment reporter. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @wilsonnewsroom.