Yesterday afternoon the Grade school got to watch a Junior High Baseball tournament, this was my first experience with 'live' Baseball.
The Hubster is a Cubs fan and he has tried to get me interested and explain the sport to me, but it's sooooo SLOOOOOOW and I rapidly get bored. I do realise there is some irony in me finding it too slow, what with me being a cricket fan and all, but at least I know what's going on with cricket!
Once we had the kids settled, some of the other teachers kindly and patiently tried to explain to me what constituted a strike, foul ball and good ball.....but I have to say I still don't really get it. I do kind of understand the batting area now, after one of them told me to imagine a column rising from the plate and the ball has to stay between the knees and chest in that area - that helped.
I get the base thing and scoring runs, as that is the same as softball and rounders, but it's still going to be awhile before I develop any love for this sport I think. Having said that, it's alot better than American Football which I find impossible to take seriously having grown up on Rugby! But I also need to work on that too, as this schools team have been State Champions in their particular class for the past 5years and it's a big passion around here.
Actually most of yesterdays game I spent looking not at the pitch but at my 4th Grade kids in the back row! At the start there were 18 of them up there, by the end there were only 8, as 10 of them had misbehaved enough to be moved to the front row...LOL. I was surprised I didn't have a crick in my neck by the time we left and I was pretty hoarse from all the shouting I did!
These kids are really good in the classroom and in their usual routine, but take them out to the ballpark and oh boy did that ever change! Anyway today they are back to being little angels again and I can't fault them :-)
So I will continue to give Baseball a chance, to show my support for both the local teams and the Hubster and his Cubbies.