Yesterday I even commented on some blog posts that have been sitting in my inbox for a couple of weeks. That's right, I said weeks.
My mind has been a little preoccupied.
On May 5th, after an undefeated season and being ranked #1 in the state for weeks, my son's high school baseball team lost their first game - the division title game - giving them 2nd in our division. It was a hard fought game. Their coach said, "There's no such thing as a good loss, but if there was, this would be it." No worries though, it just ranked them for the the next step, which was District play-offs.
On May 8th and May 12th, they played three games in District play-offs. They won game #1, then won game #2 against the same team that had handed them their first loss. And then they walked into game #3 thinking they had it done already and lost to a team they had beat twice during regular season. They simply didn't show up mentally. It was the first game all season that I saw that little glint of them thinking they could win without trying. That didn't work out so well and resulted in them placing #2 in the Division.
We all hoped it was a lesson learned. Turns out, it was.
On May 19th, two games in the first round of State playoffs went down as wins.
On May 25th, having traveled across the state, they won again in the semi-finals, putting themselves into the finals. THE FINALS. THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS!
And guess who they were up against in the finals? The same team that had beat them first, then they'd come back to beat. It was a re-match of epic proportions, both teams with a lot to prove. Our boys were actually glad that was who they were playing. They were looking forward to it. I'm pretty sure it gave me an ulcer.
And... they won the State Championship Game!
This is a very blurry picture of what a pile up looks like
after the last pitch of the game has been thrown.
There is so much in my head. So many amazing things and amazing people went in to this season, this win. But I wanted to share where my head has been. I am a highly superstitious baseball fan. I refused to talk much about it before hand, except to plaster a smile on my face and say they were headed for the playoffs. With the win, I will say that these boys rocked my view of teenagers in general and gave me faith in the next generation. They are that incredible - both on and off the field. And their coach - well, I'm saving that for another day.