“Take me out to the ball game
Take me out to the crowd
Buy me some peanuts and cracker jack
I don’t care if I never get back
Let me root, root, root for the home team
If they don’t win it’s a shame
For it’s one, two, three strikes you’re out
At the old ball game!”
Congratulations to Ch, Ca, Co, My, Ma, J, P, A, S, I, and E, winners of the state little league tournament. You are the first team from these towns to ever advance to the regionals. Who says the the southern districts are more competitive? You’ve now gone undefeated in the districts and states… There is no reason you can’t keep going. Stop thinking of yourselves as the underdogs. Your younger brothers, who now have even more reason to look up to you, don’t think that way. As I told your Assistant Coach, this is it; this is the last year most of you will have this opportunity. Enjoy. Live it up! Yes, continue to play a good game, but don’t forget to play – that element has been essential to your team spirit all along.
Assistant Coach, don’t forget, this is their dreams and their games, not yours. Your real-world adult work will be here, mostly unchanged, when you return, so enjoy the last chance you have to coach your son. Bring out the best in him, even if it isn’t the best you imagine. And take pictures; they’ll help the memories last.
And don’t worry, I will not go with you to the regional games, physically. I know I’m supposedly bad luck and all, so I wish you all the time of your lives and the best of luck from my couch at home.