I finally got the call on Sunday that the team was extremely short of players and could use my help. Although my spouse was out of town and I was alone with the kids, I decided to head out to the fields to play some softball.
I didn’t warm up my arm or hit the cages. My primary goal was to stretch to avoid injury. The coach put me at first base which I was comfortable with. I did not have to make any throws to third and there were no eventful fielding plays. I had two at bats. The first was a ground ball to the short stop which fortunately wasn’t fielded clean and I was able to avoid the fielder’s choice with an error. The second was a pop-up to left center field that was easily fielded. It was fun to be out there, but certainly not something I miss enough to commit to a season.
We ended up winning that first game 9 to 8.
The girls did surprisingly well and I considered playing a second game. However as our game was delayed and went over time, the girls had already been out at the fields for 2 hours and I wasn’t going to press my luck. Instead we went home for lunch and then went to the community pool.
It was a fun way to see the old gang. Who knows, maybe I will see everybody tournament weekend.