The doubleheader report, and a worry about my son

Posted By on July 18, 2011 7:42 pm

We made it through the doubleheader on Saturday. All 19 innings of it. Oh sure, we ate some junk food, but not too much. I have to say I’m a little bit amazed that my little 8-year-old lasted through two entire baseball games, without once saying “I’m bored” or “I’m ready to go.” I even offered a few times. “Are you having fun? Do you want to stay?” He said yes. Every time.

It was quite a day. He even got to see the A’s win a game. They had been 0-3 in his first few trips to the park this year. And they dropped to 0-4 after the first game on Saturday. Not only did he get to see them win, but it was a 10th-inning walk-off, so that was cool.

But I’m also a little worried about the kid.

See, when I was 9, for some reason — maybe I liked the uniforms or just thought the name sounded cool — I started following the Mariners. It grew into an obsession in my teens. I was the most die-hard Mariners fan outside the state of Washington. Living in Ohio, I stayed up way past my bedtime many nights, just waiting to see if they’d won out on the West Coast. I lived and died with the likes of Phil Bradley and Alvin Davis and Ivan Calderon and Mike Schooler and Rey Quinones and … I could go on forever.

Most of that time, the Mariners stunk. So I pretty much spent most of my life as a baseball fan following a loser. (Sadly, the Mariners only started to get good in my last years before becoming a baseball writer, when I shed all my team loyalties.)

Now, to my son. As we were watching the games on Saturday, he kept looking up at the out-of-town scoreboard and telling me who was beating who. One particular score kept getting his attention, for reasons I can’t quite comprehend.

It was the Pirates. He kept talking about them. Wondering how they were doing. Wondering who they are playing next.

Don’t ask me why — maybe he likes their uniforms or the name — but my son is showing early signs of an interest in … the Pirates.

At least they don’t stink this year as much as they usually do, but I have to say I’m a little nervous that he’s just opening himself up to years of suffering.


One Response to “The doubleheader report, and a worry about my son”

  1. Marvin says:

    Glad that he made it through two games, especially the second one. As for the Pirates, it could be the name or the symbol or the fact that it is at the other side of the country.

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