Doug’s Politically Incorrect Yet Honest ORHS Baseball Blog

You know, I’ve gotta tell you something… when I was coaching my son in Little League, the way I envisioned how high school baseball was going to be and how it has actually turned out are two completely different things.

I’m not talking about the actual game of baseball. Baseball is awesome and in my eyes is the second greatest game of all time behind Lacrosse. It’s such a chess match in that you really need to know the game to be good at it. You can take batting practice and practice fielding all day and night but if you have the mental capacity of a mosquito, you won’t be good at this game. It’s such a mental game and how strong you are mentally will determine if you are going to be worth a shit while playing it. That’s a whole different blog subject though.

Nah, I’m talking about the relationship between myself and my son, Connor Sarant. Back in the day, like when he was eight, and I started coaching him, it wasn’t one huge Kumbaya festival but we had this baseball connection and I could actually teach him the game and he would listen without even rolling his eyes. I believe the eye rolling started when he was 10 which is relatively early, I’m told.

I will say this though… when I look back 10 years at his Pee Wee 8 spring season roster, although the other kids went on to play for a few more years, he is the only kid that is still playing baseball, which I take very little credit for. It does make me happy though, because all of the dads back then would brag about how great their kids would be in high school playing for The Woodlands or Oak Ridge. I swear I never talked like that and I’d like to think that perhaps that has something to do with him still playing. I am truly blessed in that my kid is still playing baseball and that our baseball connection has survived for so long. 95 percent of the dads from that team can’t say that. Suck on that for a while you unrealistic, overzealous, pontificating, alleged know-it-all dickheads that said my kid will never be big enough to play at the high school level. Here he is playing for Oak Ridge and he even sees a bit of playing time… Excuse me while I smile from ear to ear!!!! EFF YEAH!!!!!!

It’s not a bed full of roses though. Back in the day, I thought to myself if he ended up playing in high school that he and I could talk after games and I could offer up some suggestions. In turn, we would have such a great baseball relationship and I could live his experience with him. Not through him at all… there is a difference. I know people think all of us dads live through our kids. Not to brag, but I was pretty good at this game and enjoyed a bit of success at it. I’m content with my baseball background and am not a complete butt plug like some dads I know.

Meanwhile, back in reality… I’ll see him after a game and the interaction goes like this…

DAD: “Hey Connor, you played good, Boss. You’re seeing too many pitches though. Yeah, you’re making the pitcher work and the team gets to see the guy pitch more but you could have been on third base already.”
CONNOR: “Okay cool, I’m going to Cane’s with Josh, Blake, and Cody and then we’re going out after that so don’t expect me home until real late.”
DAD: (under my breath) “Yeah, see you later you unresponsive, unappreciative, all take and no give pile of excrement.
CONNOR: “I Love You.”
DAD: “I love you too.”

I hope you enjoyed the first version of my Doug’s Politically Incorrect Yet Honest ORHS Baseball Blog. If you enjoy honesty, you’ll like what you read. If you’re one of these hoity-toity, nose in the air phonies that thrive on worrying what people think of you… adios!

Comments to Doug Sarant at doug@oakridgenow.com.

Editor’s note: Somehow I’m a-thinkin’ this would never be printed in The Villager. But we pride ourselves in being a little more real on this side of the freeway.

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Doug Sarant, Oak Ridge Now

Born and raised in New England, Doug promises he got to Texas as fast as he could. He earned the much needed "piece of paper" from Sam Houston State, proving to himself he could start and finish something. Doug's interests include coaching and playing any sport and still plays lacrosse competitively. He also enjoys going to dinner theaters, though he complains there just aren't enough of them in the area. Doug was brought up in a cultured environment, having suffered through dozens of symphonies and operas with his way too over-educated mother. At the end of the day, Doug is just a dad and husband and claims to be good at both.

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