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and so it ends

and so it ends

July 21, 2007

the trophy

His last Little League game ever. Next year it is the Babe Ruth League. Playing on the big field, where once again the big boys will be small boys, and the homeruns won’t flow quite so easily.

After being spanked by the same team last week, they rallied and ended up winning the tournament. I almost cried. Happiness for the kids, for the coaches, my son who pitched in the last two innings and subsequently aged me several years. These kids have been playing together on the All Star team since they were 9 yrs old. And every year they came in second place.

boys of summer

The coach was giving them a pep talk and said he was tired of them always being the “bridesmaid” I am not sure any of the kids understood the reference. Nor did they understand when he yelled, “Finally the bride!” after they won. But I laughed.

He was such a great coach.

And so, the season is over.

Cheering on his big brother

Until next year.

Posted by Chris @ 11:59 pm  

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  1. Susan says:

    You know, as much as I am tired of baseball by the time the season is finally over, I somehow still hate to see it end. It’s so bittersweet.

    Congratulation to your son and his team! I can only imagine your pride.

  2. diana/sunshine says:

    the end of this stage of life. how bittersweet. it’s great that it ended in the way it did, though. you took some great photographs. i love the one with the little boy.

  3. Chandra says:

    Wow, he looks like your hubby. Great pics! Congrats on the win!

  4. julie@love,laughter&laundry says:

    Congrats! Take it from a mom who knows.

    The big field is lots of fun too!

  5. fidget says:

    and there is the little one waiting in the wings to step onto the little league field.

  6. diatribal says:

    Jr. Babe Ruth is Awesome. We have held the JBR World Series in my hometown for several years now. Always a sight to see.

    I love the last one, with little bit waiting his turn.

  7. Anna says:

    Ahhhhh! So handsome (the tall one) and so cute (the short one).

  8. Janice says:

    As a baseball mom for 13 years….CONGRATS on the big win. When they leave Little League things get more expensive in money and sometimes in intensity. I’m glad you had a terrific coach. We have not always been so lukcy.

    My best wishes for all furture baseball endeavors!

  9. poppy fields says:

    Their shoulders look much higher and prouder than after the game they lost!

  10. Claudette says:

    The pride on his face is priceless!

    Congrats on your patience…it’s all worth it in the end!

  11. diana says:

    i am excited for you to finally have baseball over but a touch sad that this era for you son is over. i am sure he will not think much of it as most pre-teens do.(they are too cool) LOL!!!

  12. Kris says:

    Aw, another milestone. Congrats to him (and the family) for all those hours logged and games played!

  13. meritt says:

    I

    hate

    baseball

    season

    .

    :)

  14. Rose says:

    Congratulations! I love your pictures. If you don’t mind a question, how do you go about looking at a photographic opportunity and deciding that yes, this is the angle that I want, and then actually get the picture before the bugs scamper off?

    (Also, you might want to consider photoshopping out a bit of his jersey for safety.)

  15. Mir says:

    God, he looks SO MUCH like Rob in that picture.

    Congrats to your big boy, and wishing you strength for when he starts over as a little fish in a big pond. :)

  16. Daisy says:

    Sweet. Just sweet. First or second, they were winners.

  17. Maddy says:

    And that diamond is so much bigger and first base is so much farther and a home run is so much sweeter!

  18. Heather says:

    Oh yay! Congrats! What a handsome young man, you must be proud. :)

  19. gale says:

    What a nice looking boy! So glad they rallied. Sort of bittersweet eh?

  20. lisavc says:

    How magnificent! to end with a win ..at long last! that is wonderful, you must’ve been overjoyed for them :)

  21. Kathy says:

    Ah…I love baseball! Isn’t it funny how a coach can make or break it? We’ve had years I can’t wait to end and then this season I wish was still going on. (We’re in the deep south and start early, thus end early.) My oldest was on a great travel team this year and hopefully, they can stay together.

  22. nan says:

    Congratulations! What a cool way to end a season!

  23. Busy Mom says:

    Way to go!!

  24. Stacey @ Look, Mom, Look! says:

    What great pictures! As a mother of 2 small boys, I look forward to seeing them in little leagues such as this. Congrats!