Memorial Weekend JP participated in his first baseball tournament in competitive baseball.
It was quite the experience, to say the least. The teams we played were complete opposite ends of the spectrum as far as character goes. And the team that won, definitely deserved it. They were good.
The first day started out quite rough with 2 losses. There were moments our boys looked like a deer caught in the headlights.
Then there was Sunday. We showed up to play some ball. And play some ball we did. The boys made great plays, great pitches, and great hits (more on that later). They finished up their first tournament with a 2nd place finish!
It was an exciting moment with trophies for all and a giant trophy for the team.
That is exciting, but what was even more exciting was when we realized that this was the first trophy JP had actually earned.
You see the boy has been playing 5 seasons of sports for 6 years, all of which have resulted in either a trophy or a medal. Kids come to expect a reward just for playing. So when he first received the trophy, his excitement wasn't as big as it was in the car on the way home when I explained to him the meaning of that trophy. The Pirates fought for that 2nd place finish. They had a very rough Saturday, but came back and fought the good fight when they needed to. They didn't give up. Throughout the whole tournament, even after losing, their character was amazing. They earned it.
These are not good boys, they are GREAT boys.