spring klein: When a job is just NOT for you... - 05/02/12 11:29 PM
A few days ago we discussed the bad day our catcher had.
 
This young man try's hard and plays well.  His seems to be the most challenging position on the team.
 
We have watched him consistently overcome obstacles and continue against long odds.
 
Last night we watched a complete meltdown.
 
He had several innings filled with frustrating things like having his long drive at bat caught up and thrown to first where he was pronounced out.
 
Then he made a super catch at the plate only to have a lanky long legged runner slide into him … (1 comments)

spring klein: The price of indecision! - 04/26/12 01:51 PM
So where do you throw the ball when you catch it at second base and there is a runner coming to third like a locomotive with another runner headed to home base?
 
Well  this  dilemma  resulted in the ball staying in the glove!  
 
The short seconds of confusion resulted in the opposing team making two runs!
 
We have all been in situations like that in our business!  Some decisions just need time.
 
Time is often a luxury we do not have.  Do you have a contingency plan for each of your transactions?  Not that you should … (7 comments)

spring klein: Oops!! - 04/23/12 05:56 AM
When the second baseman caught the ball with the first base runner headed for second base,  he had a moment of confusion and fired the ball to the first baseman who missed it!
 
Our team was up seven runs at the time but it was a definite oops....
 
The incident seemed to rock the worlds of all the players on our team.  Perhaps there had been something in the water?  
 
It took a good three more innings to get things back into the normal zone. In the meantime,  the opposition capitalized on our confusion running up a healthy … (3 comments)

spring klein: Knowing when the game is over.... Life lessons - 04/22/12 10:52 PM
Several of the games we have been to in the past couple of weeks were extremely exciting,
 
In all of these cases it was due to the antics of the team members.
 
For whatever reason,  the playing techniques were unbelievably off.
 
Huge scores were run up by the opposing teams while our guys seemed to flounder in a sea of mistakes.
 
Then, as quickly as the play began to decline,  the boys rallied.  No rhyme or reason... Suddenly they began to exhibit the skills we all had seen them display in games past.
 
In two out … (1 comments)

spring klein: Give it all you've got! - 04/19/12 11:02 PM
Last night we watched a young catcher play his heart out.
 
The opposing team was playing better than our team was.  All our at bat time just did not quite connect.  The hits that were achieved were caught or did not allow runs to be scored.
 
For this team that had become quite accustomed to winning,  this was a tough place to be.
 
The catcher worked hard.  His efforts did not result in the runners being out.
 
At one point after three previous runners being ruled safe after this young man catching the ball and tagging the … (8 comments)

spring klein: Umpires... - 04/16/12 11:53 AM
One of the most unsung Heros in American sports are the umpires.
 
These folks have to be totally objective in their observations , all of the time.  Without their input there would be total chaos on the field.
 
Not only do they have to be able to see from all angles,  they have to go totally by the rule book.  No exceptions allowed.  None!
 
Have you ever taken the time to really watch what all is required of these hard working people?
 
They run all over the field, keep track of the score, the strikes, the fouls, … (3 comments)

spring klein: Expect the best!! - 04/14/12 09:03 AM
 
It's OK I am used to it!  
That was the comment made by our seven year old grandson when his gramps congratulated him on making four picture perfect catches of fly balls during a game.
We found that amusing at first but at second thought , it made astoundingly good sense.
We do tend to be products of our thinking.  When we think positive thoughts we receive positive results.
This youngster has had positive direction by two loving full time parents.  He has been given every possible opportunity to practice and acquire skills, and he gives baseball his undivided … (9 comments)

spring klein: Indecision... - 04/14/12 02:44 AM
To run or pt to run? That seems to become a burning question whenever one hits a baseball.
 
Last night a young man seemed to be frozen on second base.  He stood there as a runner from first thundered down upon him.
 
The second base resident looked right and left where the base coaches were screaming instructions and gesturing wildly.
 
Just as he was about to be overtaken by the first base runner,  he took off with great purpose and made it to third. 
 
With no time to really think about things the young runner took off … (0 comments)

spring klein: Edifying words - 04/13/12 10:39 PM
Have you ever paid attention to what the shouts of the maddening crowd seem to do to the players?
 
It is amazing to hear what well meaning parents scream at their children from the comfort of the bleachers.
 
Last night was an especially tight game.  The boys were playing their hearts out.
 
Each at bat seemed to be a nail biter.  It was easy to pick out who was the parent of the batter.  Of course most everyone was caught up in the moment.
 
After all the cheering was complete,  one gaming parent shouted "hit them in, … (2 comments)

spring klein: The way you start out... may determine your finish! - 04/13/12 07:14 AM
When you see young aspiring players, it is cause for the question,  "will he still want to play when he gets to be old enough"
 
The child in the photo seems to be totally absorbed in the game.  
 
His older sibling is one of the truly outstanding hitters,  who is also incredibly accurate at catching the ball at second base.
 
It is my guess that since the brother playing obviously has invested hours of practice,  the younger brother has been observing for a while.
 
I cannot help but wonder if all that observation is silently teaching … (3 comments)

spring klein: Siblings bring a whole other dimension to the ball park! - 03/31/12 11:03 AM
Young ball players usually have siblings and parents along for the experience.
 
Since the last time we spent considerable time at the ball park,  it was as parents.
 
My how things have changed in the past fifteen years!
 
Our perspective is totally different now.  So are the siblings and the basic parental thought processes.
 
Several of the children who travel with the team come equipped with advanced playing equipment (toys) and a backpack full of snacks.
 
In an average game time of about an hour and a half many of these smaller gulden go thru packages … (1 comments)

spring klein: What's in a name? - 03/31/12 08:32 AM
The days where little league teams are named after the big league teams are over!
 
Today some of the teams have been named things like, "diamond cutters,  "surge" and battastic.  Sort of a departure from what we were accustomed to.  We can adapt to that.
 
The rules have changed in some of the leagues too.
 
A great deal of confusion was evident last week when a young umpire decided to enforce a rule whereby if the runner over shoots the base going to first and turns right to return,  he is safe.  If he turns left and approaches … (0 comments)

spring klein: Winning or Losing!! - 03/07/12 05:03 AM

Once upon a time, someone once said "it is not whether you win or lose, it is how you play the game."
 


If that was ever really anything people believed or not, it is definately not true of the teams in "Select" little league.
 
The members of these teams are selected based upon their  ability to play the sport.
 
Up until last night, this team had not had a losing game.  Last night they learned all about it.
 
The other team was on their game.  They hit well, they fetched balls out of the … (0 comments)

spring klein: The Joys of baseball! - 02/28/12 11:00 AM
Who you watch makes all the difference.  
No longer Is it just a game.  There are leagues , such as this one,  where at the ripe old age of seven, the absolute purpose for participation in the sport is honing skills.
Game?  Not quite!  This is strictly business.  Parents, coaches and participants are all totally focused upon doing whatever they are assigned to do.  And they are committed to do it best!
These young men hit, run and field as if life depended on it.  Hours of practice are evidenced.
The first inning  we saw consisted of three hits and … (2 comments)

spring klein: Thwack!! Spring is sprung.... Little League Baseball..... - 02/21/12 12:17 PM

 
It is spring!  Nothing brings that fact he as strongly as the fact that we are sitting on a bleacher with the strong smell of mildew and freshly mowed grass watching seven year old boys warming up to play the great American sport, baseball!  Wonderful opportunity to swat Mosquitos and listen for the resounding "thwack " of a ball connecting with a metal bat.  Actually its more like a thweink than a thwack.
 
Seven year olds come in an assortment of sizes and shapes.  They also vary widely in the intensity with which they approach the game.
 
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