Cranks My Tractor

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

You see, David’s parents had told him he could only play baseball on my team if he worked to pay the fees himself.  Unlike some folks, David understood that he needed to work first and earn the money up front, before he could get to his goal of getting to play ball.

David was doing just that.  He was working to be able to play baseball.

Needless to say, David was in uniform for our first game this fall.  I have eleven players on my official roster, not ten.

It also goes without saying, but I’ll say it.  We could lose every game and I would still be happy knowing that I have a boy willing to work on a farm to make enough money to play ball on my team.  He worked first and played later.

I’ve had many David’s through my years of coaching baseball.  My first one taught me that kids are going to tear their sleeves out of their jerseys if they want to; this last one showed me that sometimes kids are going to tear your heart out and you’re going to enjoy every minute of it.

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