Once Upon a Time  

candy69sosweet 62F
10901 posts
10/25/2005 10:39 pm
Once Upon a Time

When my son played Little League, I coached his team a few years. He was about 10 at the time, and not a bad ball player. I had him catching and playing first, mostly coz he was one of the only ones who could catch a ball.

We had a decent team, didn't win the nationals or anything, but we weren't bad. There were a few kids on the team who seemed content to catch flies. We'd put then in the outfield so they could kick the dirt and watch the airplanes go by overhead. Then there were the kids who really wanted to play. They'd shag the baseball. (no ex, NOT what you are thinking!) They'd swing the bat rather than letting it sit on their shoulder and hope for a walk. These kids were the infielders. They paid attention.

Then there was Danny. Danny was special. I could see it. He was intense at sge 12. He loved the game. He wanted to win. REALLY BAD. He had a decent arm, so we let him pitch. Mostly coz he'd beg us to let him. Little League rules allow kids to pitch only three innings, so when he was finished we'd have him catch. If we'd let him, he would have pitched all 7 innings. Every game.

I remember once, he was on the mound and walked the bases full. He turned to the first baseman and said, "Look at me, I'm like Babe Ruth!" My husband, who was the team manager, promptly went to the mound and pulled him from the game. He sat on the bench for the rest of the inning sulking. But he learned his lesson!

There was a story about him in the paper the other day. Front page of the sports section. Local boy goes big time. It was a nice story about him. How he was the man on the mound when the Astros won the pennant.

Did I mention that his full name is Danny Wheeler?


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slimjohn2005 66
1 post
10/29/2005 6:45 pm

What a wonderful story!It is amazing how much kids have to teachus while we are trying to teach them!Icoached Little league for awile, and never was fortunate enough to have a team member go on to the majors. I did get to make a lot of young friends who are kind enough to remember me today- when I don't recognize them because they are all grown up, but they stop me and chat when we run into each other at the gas/convenience store or other places. It makes those days in the early spring when we froze our butts off while pitching batting practice seem not so bad afterall-even enough to wish one could do it all over again.

beewulf9 39M

10/28/2005 11:05 am

Very cool story.

AmberSolaire 43M

10/27/2005 5:47 pm

Who is winning the rounders?

onelittlesecret 34M
1579 posts
10/27/2005 8:56 am

Cool story!

Just don't ever root for my team if I'm involved in a sporting event.

cozy1957 60M

10/27/2005 8:39 am

When I saw your pic I thought "baseball coach" right away....

That's great you were part of a pro's development. Those first years are so important and I bet even now he remembers some of the games he played as a young one.

I coached a little league team for a while, full of kids with ADHD, bad arms and little hand-eye coordination. No pro prospects there but we had fun.

My soccer players fared better, several are playing in college now. No big time names but I'm still proud of them.

476 posts
10/26/2005 11:08 pm

Wow, I've got a kid that could use some coaching, wanna help?

dano6332 57M

10/26/2005 7:05 pm

Candy, Great story and how awesome can he get you tickets?

oh and GO WHITE SOX!!!!!!! sorry but I was willing to accept your red sox and now you turn on me I am so deeply hurt


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