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  • Way to go Sparks and Mini-Sparks. It's been a great journey to watch. Keep us posted!
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    • Jake yes a journey.
      I think he was 10 years old when I first stared this message thread.

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      • Very, very cool.

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        • What a fantastic turn around for this young man.

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          • Little Sparks packed his truck and is off to college today.


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            • Update;

              Played his first fall game today. Pitched the last 4 outs. Came in with bases loaded in the 8th with 2 outs. Struck out that batter.

              Struck out 3 gave up one hit.

              They had a gun on the scoreboard. He said his fastball was sitting on 87 and 88 consistently.

              Very good first game of the year. Sad I had to miss it but work you know....

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              • Got a text from little Sparks. He's crazy happy.

                His school sent a few of the sophomore players to a showcase. Well here is the text from sparks.

                Sorry for my language but you can let it slide this one time! IM PUMPED AS A #%#%.,?%# Threw every pitch for a strike! Curveball was crazy nasty! I sat 87-90!!!!!


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                • Originally posted by Sparksdale View Post
                  Got a text from little Sparks. He's crazy happy.

                  His school sent a few of the sophomore players to a showcase. Well here is the text from sparks.

                  Sorry for my language but you can let it slide this one time! IM PUMPED AS A #%#%.,?%# Threw every pitch for a strike! Curveball was crazy nasty! I sat 87-90!!!!!


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                  sweeeeeeet!!

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                  • Yea he hit 90mph and a strike. Reports say he is working very hard.

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                    • Bought me a new hat today.IMG_0658.JPG


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                      • That's awesome. Congrats to you and your boy.

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                        • Originally posted by JettSixty
                          Don't become one of those dads. Online you have to describe what your son is accomplishing. In person let other people tell you how good your son is.
                          Since he was 8 years old and he and I threw in the backyard it has been his dream to hit 90.

                          Everyone and I mean everyone said he was too small and he would never do it.

                          The hat is for him. I wish I could get him more but I can't. After all he has achieved an "impossible" goal in his life.

                          Yea little proud.

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                          • Doesn't matter how many have hit 90. All that matters, to me, is after all these years he still has the fire to put the effort in to reach the goal.

                            As far as busting my bubble? I know he'll never play pro. Hey it was a few months ago he was kicked off his team, out of school and sleeping 20 hours a day.

                            No my bubble won't get burst.

                            I'll be the first to admit, especially early in this thread, I bragged way to much. But I've also told the truth and posted about the bad times as well. Before you accuse me of bragging to everyone about 90 just know it has nothing to do with actually hitting 90mph. It's about the effort to reach the goal.

                            As far as the hat? I always told him I would buy him a new truck if he ever hit 90. I can't. So, I bought a stupid hat.

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                            • Originally posted by Sparksdale View Post
                              Bought me a new hat today.[ATTACH]157099[/ATTACH]


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                              Congrats Sparks that's wonderful news!!!

                              And I guess now you've finally found the answer to our question of some 10+ years....."Do you think Radar guns can be a valuable tool to use?"

                              Right about now, I thinking you're answer to that is a big fat....."!!YES!!".

                              So happy for you, and little Sparks....a well deserved, and hard earned accomplishment for all of the trials, and tribulations you've both encountered along your journeys. :applaud::applaud:

                              PS. Wear your hat proudly, but just be remember to be humble when describing what it means to you should someone ask. Which I have no doubt you will.
                              In memory of "Catchingcoach" - Dave Weaver: February 28, 1955 - June 17, 2011

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                              • Originally posted by mudvnine View Post
                                Congrats Sparks that's wonderful news!!!

                                And I guess now you've finally found the answer to our question of some 10+ years....."Do you think Radar guns can be a valuable tool to use?"

                                Right about now, I thinking you're answer to that is a big fat....."!!YES!!".

                                So happy for you, and little Sparks....a well deserved, and hard earned accomplishment for all of the trials, and tribulations you've both encountered along your journeys. :applaud::applaud:

                                PS. Wear your hat proudly, but just be remember to be humble when describing what it means to you should someone ask. Which I have no doubt you will.
                                I echo those congrats, what a ride! I will add, I always thought it was crazy to gun these young kids, but from what people are saying now, the gun isn't a bad idea. The basic focus is supposed to be "throw hard, throw fast" so why not give them that feedback and find their own adjustments as kids. Man, keep us posted, what a great story!
                                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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