|3 year-old Peanut, batting in her tutu|
Fast forward to this spring, when Peanut asked me to remove the tee. I hesitated, selfishly thinking how frustrating it might be for me, with her repeated swings and misses. But if she wants me to pitch her my vintage holly floater; if she wants to try and hit it over the fence, who am I to get in her way? So I gave her my best instructions: Feet shoulder-width apart. Bend your knees. Smack the plate with your bat. Wiggle your butt.
And would you believe Peanut put on a hitting display reminiscent of Don Mattingly? (I know, Donnie Baseball was left-handed and Peanut is right-handed. I use him as a reference because he's my all-time favorite player. So much so that Peanut was very nearly named "Mattingly.")
With almost every pitch came another THWUMP of fat plastic bat on whiffle ball. She was hitting so well I was getting whiplash.
|She's a natural|
|Look at that form|
|She even hit my spinning winnaker|
|She's no match for Peanut|
|This one hit the warning track|
|We even practiced hitting|
to the opposite field.
|Who looks like she's one mint julep shy of the Kentucky Derby?|
|Ice cream made her happy...for half an inning|
"Well, what do you want to do?"
"Play a game."
"We're AT a game. Look. Right there. They're PLAYING A GAME right in front of us."
|The beauty of minor league baseball:|
seats right behind home plate
"Daddy, I shouldn't have to be this bored on Father's Day."
"But we're here for FATHER'S Day. That's me. It's MY day."The team was having a promotion, letting kids run around the bases after the game. Despite Peanut's declaration of boredom, I thought if I could get to that point I could win back her love of the game. No such luck. The home team blew a lead in the top of the eighth inning, allowing the visitors to tie the game.
"That's it. Let's go."
"Are you sure," My Director offered, feeling bad for my now-dashed dreams.
"Yes. The last thing I want to do on Father's Day is torture my daughter."As we walked back to the swagger wagon, I looked at Peanut in her sun dress, flower sandals, and large-brimmed sun hat, complaining about the heat. This is not a ballplayer. This is a princess. I knew it all along. Now I had an airtight case.
|"Gov'na, I do declare. It's hot as Hades out here.|
And I'm bored to tears"
Peanut HAS been to a Yankees game. Once, when she was a baby. It was a major milestone for both of us, as I wrote about here.