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    Well my son is half way through his first year of college and we have decided not to play baseball. We both miss it alot. I miss coming on here and reading everybody's thoughts and answers on the Perfect Swing. I purposely have to avoid coming on 101 sometimes. I really do miss the double headers we played on Sunday. Now I have to find things to fill my time in. I wish all you parents the best this holiday season and may Santa bring your child the perfect swing.

  • #2
    I sympathize with you. When my daughter said she didn't want to play softball anymore there was a huge vacuum. I try to do anything with her - darts, yahtzee, go kart racing. Truth is, nothing compares to what you mention - the scheduling, discipline, and game routine cannot be replicated.
    "Whata crowd, whata crowd! I tell ya, I'm all right now but last week I was in rough shape..."

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    • #3
      I miss the games. I don’t not miss meeting at Dunkin Donuts at 5:30 am on weekend mornings. I do not miss getting home late Sunday night (although better than early Sunday afternoon). I believe my daughter was more open with me than a lot of daughter-father relationships due to all the talks during car trips to travel tournaments. My daughter called to say she missed our car rides after her first college bus ride.

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      • #4
        The truth is, it happens to all of us. I miss my daughter playing and often there is a void both my wife and I struggle with. For my daughter, we constantly had to tell her softball was what she played and not who she was. Now, we go watch the team she coaches play/practice and that helps some. She has been coaching some young ladies who's dads played ball for me so that is weird. As some of you know, she played TB with the daughter of a guy I coach and they were the same age. Again, weird. BB asked for a Cavapoo puppy to help her fill the void she feels. We bought her one and she has had it for the last 2 weeks. So, the wife and I are "grandparents" and drive over to her apartment to play with the puppy. In doing so, it gives us something different to do with the kid.
        Granny said Sonny stick to your guns if you believe in something no matter what. Because it's better to be hated for who you are than to be loved for who you're not.

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        • #5
          Wow! my son is almost halfway through his first college year also. He did go to tryout for baseball but it clashed with his classes on 2 days and you need to make 75 percent of all practices which were held 6 days a week. While he didnt count out playing baseball, his priority is to get accepted for his computer science major at San Jose State University. Because it is an impaction school, California residents have priority and could have a lower score to get in the major. (One of his counselors told him that if he was a California resident, he would have been accepted already due to his score. However, he is not and the minimum score for out of state students is higher.) So he is trying his best to get all the classes he needs for his major and have a 3.5gpa or better. He said he has no time for baseball at all. Weekdays are crammed with studying and classes. If he would major in software engineering, he qualifies and could go in right now. He then told me, " No dad, I came here for computer science, I am not going to change. Even if after 2 years I dont get accepted, I will then transfer to another school" He was accepted into computer science at San Francisco State University, University of Oregon, University of Portland and University of Hawaii. He wanted to go to San Jose because he said it was the mecca of what he wants to do and he plans to make a life up there.
          He does make time to go to a sports complex where they have batting cages and stuff with other baseball players on the weekend when he can. I think he said South Bay.
          Realistically, I believe it is over because I think its only going to get busier and busier for him.
          I dont miss him playing baseball. I can think of all the positive times and I can smile because it was really great. I still have the same feeling when I think about it and I smile every time.
          I would love to have seen him in a college uniform though. But thats not necessary. It costs 1100 round trip and I would have paid that in a heartbeat to see him play.
          But now, I am proud of him just being in college, taking college calculus, and all the other GE that he needs to reach his goal.
          I can always play catch with him when he comes home or pitch to him in the batting cage at home.
          One thing he did say though, He said that he gives credit to those on the college field. With the classes he has, he cannot do both. He doesnt know how they do it but he was proud to step on the field with them. He hangs out with a few of them who became friends.

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          • #6
            At some point or another, it's going to happen to both our sons/daughters and us as parents, it's going to come to an end. I myself had the same feeling the last tournament that he played in this fall. That was his last one and I have enjoyed them. Not just the "us" time, but also sharing it with the great group of players and parents that we've been fortunate to play with over the years. But, there is the HS year left to play and luckily he will be playing college ball close enough that I will be able to make a majority of his games. Sad that one chapter is almost over, but looking forward to the new chapter and challenges.
            Ty Cobb-"Every great batter works on the theory that the pitcher is more afraid of him than he is of the pitcher."

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            • #7
              My son is HS Junior and has played his last game. He ended the JV season last year on a high note by knocking in the tying runs on a bases loaded double where his team went on to win in extras. He was named JV MVP.

              I knew he was falling out of love with playing the game about a year and a half ago. Oddly, I didn't miss the summer showcase grind - but to be fair, I do have a younger son still playing, so that probably filled the void.

              This time last year he took up running (winter track to be specific and he also ran XC this past fall) as that is what all of his friends were doing. Tonight is the first meet of the winter track season and he is running the 1000. I'm excited to see him run tonight, but it isn't the same as baseball. I could literally go for his 10 minutes of activity and leave - but I usually stick around to watch some other events. I don't know anything about training for the sport except to tell him to leave everything he has out on the track.

              I feel like I am at peace about him not playing this Spring for HS, but I know it will be hard to see the box scores and read the paper about his school knowing he would be a contributor on the team. Having an outlet like this makes it better as I can put down my thoughts, etc.

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              • #8
                Baseball is not the end of the journey. Keep raising your young man and watch as he grows and develops other interest. Take the enthusiasm you had for baseball and apply to whatever he his doing or will be doing.

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                • #9
                  Wow u guys r getting me all choked up. Maybe it's because I'm in an airport missing my family. Kid is 8th grade and last year was on the ms team. The kids are tight, sleep overs, football, basketball and of course baseball games, movies, trips to the beach, and all the parents are great. We are lucky. Good reminder to enjoy it as much as possible, thank you.
                  Never played baseball, just a dad of someone that loves to play. So take any advice I post with a grain of salt.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Standballdad View Post
                    Baseball is not the end of the journey. Keep raising your young man and watch as he grows and develops other interest. Take the enthusiasm you had for baseball and apply to whatever he his doing or will be doing.
                    However, I think this is a bigger issue of doing something with your kid and then it being done. For some parents, this is when they go to College, while for others, it is quitting doing something the parents and kids did together a ton. My oldest son and I used to work out together almost every day. Now, we don't anymore because he does it with school. Also, I used to coach my kids in football, but now they are in school ball. A big part of being a parent is simply spending time with your kids, but as they get older, your kids need less of dad around. I am already thinking of what life will be like when my youngest leaves the house, and how everything in my life will change. Funny thing is that there are fewer years left of that than how long I have been a father. Boy, do things go fast when you look back...

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                    • #11
                      Baseball, like golf and tennis, has truly become a "lifetime" sport. It's very big in my area; I play from time to time. Many take it very seriously- it's their number one hobby and passion. More importantly, it creates for someone a large group of friends and, for a young guy, contacts.

                      It ain't over. Baseball is baseball.
                      "Thank you for repeating your opinion again for the umpteenth time, we had almost forgotten how important it is....to you. "

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                      • #12
                        thankfully, my son is destined for a long career in the MLB that i can look forward to so these emotions are a long way off!

                        (in reality, i'm already getting bummed about it)

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                        • #13
                          If you think your kid goes through a BFD, you can’t tell them anything stage stretching their independence growing up, waiting until they’re on their own, working and getting paid. I’m quite sure my son is convinced his farts don’t stink right now. At least he has his own apartment in a really cool area and his own car. The days of, Dad can I have $20 is over. My daughter went through it. She had her ultimate yuppy years. She’s 29 now. She’s now a normal well adjusted person who understands the world doesn’t revolve around her.
                          Last edited by JettSixty; 12-07-2017, 11:46 AM.

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                          • #14
                            LAball, that's the neat thing about having kids....it's that when one thing ends, another something just as cool comes along to take it's place. Now that's not to say that when one thing ends that you're not a little bummed for a while, but soon they're into something else that they'll need you for, and the cycle goes on.

                            When my boys ended their baseball careers, I too thought, "well now what am I going to do with myself?"....but I soon realized that it was really just a transition of them moving from a childhood dream (and how many really get to make a living at the game anyhow?)....to maturing into young men as they pursued their careers outside of baseball.

                            So while this chapter of the book might be coming to an end, believe me when I tell you that there are many more chapters in their book of life...and you'll always have a supporting role in their story, as the tale follows whatever roads they may travel from here on forward.
                            In memory of "Catchingcoach" - Dave Weaver: February 28, 1955 - June 17, 2011

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by JettSixty View Post
                              If you think your kid goes through a BFD, can’t tell them anything stage stretching their independence growing up, waiting until they’re on their own, working and getting paid. I’m quite sure my son is convinced his farts don’t stink right now. At least he has his own apartment in a really cool area and his own car. The days of, Dad can I have $20 is over. My daughter went through it. She had her ultimate yuppy years. She’s 29 now. She’s now a normal well adjusted person who understands the world doesn’t revolve around her.
                              This was where Graduate School came in handy. Rather than weather an entitlement phase after college, I was dragged through a variety of inferiority complexes in Grad School. Does a body good!

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