Well … an unintended extended stay in Chicago, but some good heart signs in the final analysis. And a good heart omen in the park today, at the bonus of getting to see Ethan play ball!
Representative of Ethan’s fan club were in attendance, led by his #1 cheerleader, yesterday’s four year-old birthday girl, Lil’ Sister Eva the Diva.
Poised at the bat, Ethan focuses in and hits a rope his first time up to lead off the game for the North Suburban Vision Consultants!
And after reaching first base on his line drive single, Ethan shows his determination in racing to second based as his teammate reaches first, setting the stage for a big inning.
(And now it’s time for my father’s old favorite baseball joke: How do we know the Lord is a baseball fan? Because the first sentence is: “In the big inning, the Lord created the Heavens and the Earth”!) Defensively, Ethan begins the game in the field, playing a solid third base.
In between innings, Ethan gets coached up by Dad who raced to the game from a serious business golf outing to arrive in the nick of time.
Showing his versatility in the field, Ethan even took a turn behind the plate.
You want to know why catcher is the most brutal position on the field? Those pitches come in fast and furious! Watch Ethan in action …
And from an adult’s perspective, the best part of the action is the post-game sportsmanship these little guys are learning …
And then, the post-game huddle, for the Head Coach Eli to award the game ball – with the kids in rapt anticipation …
And today’s game ball goes to a kid who was always in the right position, who never had to be told to move, who was always in the right position, who led off the game with a line drive and who just finished up with another hit. That’s right … give a listen!