I didn't know exactly how to title this, but the way I wrote the title is the way I feel. We have watched our son playing baseball every year since he was 8 years old, and now it's over.
We put Alex in Little League when he was 8 years old. I don't remember the exact situation, but I think we lied about his age to get him into the non competitive spring league season because he was too good for T-ball. He was always good at throwing a ball.
He made the summer competitive team when he was 10. This was a very good local team and we were one out away from going to the Provincial championships that year. He made the summer competitive team every year from then until he was 16 years old. Never the team super star, but he always improved enough to make the team again the following year.
I think he was about 13 years old when he decided his goal was to play college baseball in the United States.
For those of you who don't know, the majority of Canadian colleges don't have a baseball program, and if they do, it is only a very limited fall season. So for anybody wanting to play college baseball, you pretty much have to go the U.S..
But if you're not a superstar, it's pretty tough for a young Canadian kid to make the team at a U.S. college. Especially if you're a freshman. But, he got himself onto a team in upstate NY, and signed up for school. He had two good years there and was team co-captain the second year. He transferred to an NCAA Div lll University for his 3rd and 4th year. He was a little intimidated by the level of play, and during fall tryouts he didn't think he was going to make the team. But he persevered, and he proved to the coach that he was smart and hard working. This past year, he was named team co-captain again.
But now it's all over. Ruth has gone to pick him up from school tomorrow, and although he's got one more year down there to finish his math degree, his baseball career is over.
Not too many kids can say they fulfilled a childhood dream, but that's what he did.
I'm going to miss it.