J-5 Rogers Family

4.04.2009

Opening Day

Today was Opening Day for season number SIX for Jaydon. I cannot believe that our little guy has now played 6 different seasons of baseball!

They had opening day festivities with the North Richland Hills Fire Dept, Police Dept., middle school color guard, and the mayor throwing out the first pitch. This was followed by a carnival with tons of rides and games. Wait - I didn't mention that we had to be there at 7:30 AM for this! The game wasn't until 2:00. The weather at 7:30 was about -8º with the wind, and by 2:00, it was 80º outside. CLASSIC North Texas weather!

So we are in the RYA (Richland Youth Association) league this season and he is playing for a team called the Storm. They are very competitive - almost TOO much. I want Jaydon to have fun. I was quite concerned about this, but after today's game, my worries just went right down the drain...

Jaydon played like a TRUE champ. He is getting really good!

On his first time up to bat, he hit a single. After a couple other kids batted, he was on his way home, and he bit his tongue. It started bleeding (barely) and I freaked. He recovered in 2.3 milliseconds - after just 2 tears - (I warned him about crying after the episode at Thursday's scrimmage, so he choked it up in manly fashion!) and continued.

He was turning the corner at third base after his 2nd hit, and the 3rd base coach told him to keep going. He stopped, and the coach yelled, "Go, go, go!" so Jaydon took off again. We got SO nervous because the catcher was RIGHT there at home plate, about to pick the ball up. Jaydon slid into home JUST before the catcher made it, and he was called safe. PHEW! The fans cheered for my little superstar, and my heart returned to its normal location. (I admit it - I would have cried if he would have gotten out!)

He played in left field today, and sat the bench one time around. There are 14 kids on the team and with only 9 positions in baseball, five of them have to sit out when they are on defense. They all take turns each inning, so it works itself out, and they can relax for a bit when it's their turn to sit out.

He got his #22 which is good since everything we have equipment wise has that number on it. (That was Jeremy's baseball number.)

Only a few kids on the team have helmets, and it drives me NUTS to have to share ours! I am SO clean, and I freak out that somebody else may have head lice or not be as clean. I just think it's GROSS! If you are going to sign your children up for something, then be ready to buy everything they need! Sharing helmets is nasty - but how do you tell somebody "No"? I just don't have the balls to do it, and even though Jeremy "claims" to have the balls, he didn't say a thing when they asked Jaydon for his helmet for someone else.
When we coached, I just sent an email out letting parents know my feelings on sharing, and everyone bought their own helmet. Since we aren't coaching this season, I don't have that option. What are we to do???

Anyway, they won their game, and were all very excited!
Yes, they do keep score, they do get called out, and they will put the scores into a computer system for the season. This league is beyond competitive, but we'll try our best to make sure Jaydon enjoys himself.

He can't wait to play catcher - it must be in his blood!


We ordered shirts for Jacoby, Jeremy and me, but they won't arrive until Monday. I can't wait to get them and put Jilian in her new red & black - matching team colors - bow! :)

GO, STORM!



His first "at-bat" of the season...



Jaydon's two biggest (or smallest - depending on how you look at it) fans...


Of course, Aba followed all of this up with a trip to Chuck E' Cheese's...because she spoils her grand kids like you wouldn't believe!

...and here is the result of all that excitement...

I swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth... There are NO words to describe this shot...
The kids have never slept better.

Thank God for exhausting Saturdays!

6 Comments:

Blogger Jill said...

love the pics

April 5, 2009 at 4:04 PM  
Blogger The York Family Blog said...

Too funny. Love the pics. Classic.
Hope he continues to have a good time in baseball.

April 5, 2009 at 5:40 PM  
Blogger Sandra said...

Those were awesome pictures! Yeah, I get grossed out too when it comes to sharing hair stuff. Maybe you can send an email to the coach and tell him/her that sharing of helmets is not a good idea? Besides, isn't that a requirement, to have all your equipment?
Also, the best pictures of kids in my opinion? Pictures of sleeping kids :-)

April 6, 2009 at 9:08 AM  
Blogger Andi said...

LOL, I just LOVE that last picture of J4, too funny! I'm so glad J3 played well AND had a good time! Must have made you feel good when he slid into home!

April 6, 2009 at 9:46 AM  
Blogger Morgan said...

those are classic!! You are such a good mom. We made it to the opening day ceremonies, and I got two pics of Austin in her outrageously obnoxiously big flower headband, and then Batman throwing out the first pitch, and then of course my batteries died. My spare set, was also dead! At least you could document the entire day!

April 6, 2009 at 3:24 PM  
OpenID Lyann said...

I love how the bows look on her.... suppppppeeer cutie!!!!

-luv lyann

April 7, 2009 at 1:28 PM  

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