Last night I was with my son at a local ball field, working on his hitting. There’s a semi-private field there with a fence (very important).
We like to go there in the early evening, when the sun isn’t so harsh. Oftentimes we begin by hitting off a tee, then I throw pitches.
Next to us is another ball field with the same set-up. Another boy, Michael, and his father/coach are doing almost the same thing we’re doing.
He also happens to be on Frank’s AAU team – the Predators – who are currently ranked 1st in the state in the U10 division – and 4th in the nation.
Anyway, the GOAL is to work on hitting the ball over the fence. Not just to make contact.
Usually I ask my son before we begin, “How many do you want to hit over the fence today? What’s your goal?”
His best ever was 7 out of 8, off the tee. And three more when I’m throwing to him.
Well, last night several balls traveled far – but weren’t long enough to go yard.
After 30 minutes my wife and daughter showed. It was getting dark and they wanted to eat. But Frank had other ideas.
He said: “I’m not leaving until I knock one over the fence.”
“That’s what I like to hear,” I said.
Three swings later, he cracked a dinger that sailed 20 feet over the goal he had set.
“Let’s pick ’em up,” I said. “Always good to end on a positive note.”
Next to us, Michael knocks one out of the park, too. And he and his father begin to pack up.
“Nice whack,” I yelled over to Michael and his father.
And to this his father said, “When Michael sets a goal on how many he’s going to hit over at each practice, he’ll keep me out here until midnight if he has to.”
“That’s the kind of son and player you want, huh?” I replied.
“You got that right,” said the coach.
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