They should have seen it coming. Their spouses were captains of their college baseball or softball team, a lifelong fan and now are a parent. All that pent-up energy, harnessed for all those years working in the real world, has finally been released in the form of a highly regarded, extremely vested Babe Ruth League coach.
“What a great parent!” Everyone always says and they agree, except on the fourth practice of the week followed by a coach’s meeting.
You don’t hear about Babe Ruth League Widows/Widowers often, it’s the Golf Widows/Widowers that get all the attention. Maybe, it’s because technically, they are not always left alone. A Babe Ruth League Widow/Widower is, by the circumstance of being Mom or Dad, drawn in to support and help. They are there to cheer on the team, through cold and rain, bad games and misbehaving siblings. They are in it, whether or not they want to be. So, it is more like being a Babe Ruth League baseball/softball sacrifice. Yeah, that’s exactly it.
Not sure you’re a sacrifice? Let’s find out.
When your spouse asks you for a cup, do you immediately head to the underwear drawer?
Is your floor littered with gloves, bats, balls, bags, cleats, etc.?
Does a night out with your spouse somehow wind up near stores like “Dicks”?
Does your spouse’s nightly routine include watching games, talking about games, while checking stats/writing emails about games?
Does this remind you of home sweet home?
Do you spend more than three weeks driving to games or practices?
Is your house referred to as the one where the dad/mom is always on the lawn throwing balls to kids? Even at night. In winter. Or rain?
Do you have five or more of these items on your lawn – pitch backs, hitting tees, bucket of balls, swing corrector, bats, helmets?
Do you spend endless time sifting through laundry for the Under Armour and uniforms that need to be hung dry?
Do your weekends, vacations and general everyday lives revolve around the game schedule?
Can you get out of your house in under 10, with a cooler, distractions and snacks for your other kids and lawn chair with a fully uniformed player equipped with ball bag, the right cleats and water bottle?
If you’ve answered yes to three or more, you may be a Baseball/Softball Sacrifice. If you answered yes to five or more, you probably are, and if you answered yes to all of them, we wish we could tell you greener grass was ahead. But it’s only AstroTurf.
See you on the ballfield!
We at Babe Ruth Headquarters are continually amazed by your commitment to our youth and realize you take time away from your families and jobs to work behind the scenes so that our participants enjoy a successful, healthy and enjoyable season each year. We sincerely appreciate all that you do and thank your family for allowing you to give so much of yourself to the Babe Ruth League program.