Baseball History: Waiting Up For Wakefield

I wasn’t really a baseball fan until 2004.  That year my husband and stepson decided to put on the full court press.  I would love baseball or else.  And the curse was broken.  Both my curse of being ambivalent about all sports, and the Curse of the Bambino that had haunted the Red Sox for 86 years....more

Tangled Up in Blue

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Recent keyword activity

It’s always interesting to see what people search that brings them to my blog. Here’s a few of the most recent searches. I sure do hope they found what they were looking for ….....more

My Baseball Playing Girl is Chasing Chelsea Baker...

"What the! Ump are you blind? You need to go see an eye doctor!" or  "Really? Really, come on now!" and my favorite "THAT'S RIGHT! BABY GIRL JUST LIKE THAT!"  All words yelled from my mouth this baseball season as I watched my girl pitch in the Little League Majors. She did not get the opportunity to pitch much considering the coach had grandsons on the team. Actually I hated the way she was often treated, but kept it status quo at the request of my daughter and did not go ape poop on people. After all this was her time not mine....more

Baseball Mitt (and losing my mind as a parent)

It was a recent Friday night, and I got rid of the kid.  The Taz’ friend in Windsor asked if he could spend the night after school.  Actually, it was more like his friend’s MOM asked....more

American Idol Contestant Scotty McCrerry Pitches A Varsity Game (Not)

Back in February, the News & Observer wrote about a North Carolina high school pitcher named Scotty McCreery, who at the time was facing a huge dilemma. Should he choose between continuing the "American Idol" contestant process or return home to pitch for Garner High's varsity team. He picked the former and we now know that turned out to be quite a good decision. ...more

My Son Broke up With Baseball

My son said he didn't really want to play this year.With heavy hearts, we accepted his decision. He's played every year since T-ball started.  Every summer's schedule has been dictated by practices and games.  I've spent many afternoons sitting in bleachers watching the sky, wondering at what point they actually call a game for lightning.I've cheered for my little boy at every at-bat.  I remember vividly the day that it clicked for him.  The day that he realized that you are supposed to play your position and not run all over the field chasin...more

Calling the shots

WhereParentsTalk.com by Lianne Castelino So my littlest guy had a huge moment in the sun (literally and figuratively!) last night!  He's 11 and was most thrilled when I told him a few months ago that the new baseball league he and his brother would be playing in this year also trained umpires to work league games.  Both he and his brother would be eligible to learn to umpire, if they so desired.  What's more, they would both be paid for their efforts. ...more

Parenting from 'The Great One'

by Lianne Castelino, whereparentstalk.com Even as a youngster I was always struck by Wayne Gretzky's humility.  To me it rivalled his brilliance on the ice.  He let his work do the talking.  The Great One spent no time promoting himself. ...more