Cranks My Tractor

Published: Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 11:08 AM.

This fall, I was going through my roster looking at the possibilities.  I prefer playing with a roster of ten players that I can count on.  Letting them all bat, it’s easier to play with ten.

There was an eleventh boy that I thought was interested in playing, but I hadn’t seen him in a few weeks.  He would send word by another player that he was working on the farm and couldn’t make it to practice.

His name was also David, but the 15-year-old variety in 2012.

Early on, David seemed to be very enthusiastic about playing, so I was puzzled about his missing practice.  A decision had to be made.   Therefore, I sent out an email noting that it would probably be best that David should consider being an “on-call” player in the event that I had a roster player who was sick or unable to make it to a game.  It made sense to me; he seemed to be working a lot and although I admired that, I still had to have players I could depend on.

I heard nothing back for a day.  I started feeling bad about sending out the email.  I’m not very good with those kinds of things; I just don’t want to break a kid’s heart.

The next day, I got a call from David’s mother.  She was very kind.  She told me that David really wanted to play.  It was awkward, but I am an adult and was crafting my response in my head.  As I started to say, “It just seems that he has had to work the last few weekends…” 

I didn’t get it all out of my mouth, thank goodness.

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