I can't believe he's only 12 years old.
Already taller than his mother ... he can throw a very good fastball, a circle changeup, and a pretty good knuckle curveball.
I usually don't specifically write about my family, but today is different. Today, he's the starting pitcher for our local little league team in the sectional tournament. As his dad, I'm very proud of all his accomplishments thus far, and whatever happens today, I'll still be very proud of him, and how much he's grown over these 12 years.
Win, and they're in good shape. Lose, and it's a tough road through the loser's bracket.
That's not the point though.
The point is that he actually has an opportunity to showcase his talents, and has already learned how to be a team player. It also allows him to listen to other coaches other than myself.
Well, it's because I never played.
"What?" you might ask. "You never played little league?"
That's right. I never had the chance.
Growing up without a father in the picture, it made things difficult for my mom, and since we didn't have a lot of funds, and we didn't even have a car to get to the games... or let alone enough money to buy a glove ... or the uniform.
Therefore, no baseball.
Don't get me wrong... I desperately wanted to play. Listening to all of my friends talk about it in school was torture. It seemed like they were having so much fun, and I'm sure they probably were having tons of fun.
So I focused all of my energies on basketball, and became pretty good at that.
However, that's a story for another day.
"Why is he such a good player... if you never played???" you might be wondering.
Well, here's what I did (and still do):
I relied on the relationships that I've formed over all these years.
I recognized that I don't have all the answers. Nobody does.
So, when he was 9 years old, and on the All-Star team back then, I saw that he had potential to be a pretty nice player. Immediately, I asked the father of one of the high school star pitchers to work with Tyler on his mechanics... and he did.
But, as you might have guessed, I was the one that learned a LOT that day about pitching... because I never played.
For the past 4 years, I've been helping out not only Tyler, but a lot of the other boys that want to pitch, and it's amazing to see them improve... all because of relationships that we form with other people.
Remember that in life.
If we could all just live by the Golden Rule of "Treat Others How You Want to be Treated"... do you realize how awesome life would be?
We'd all be superstars for sure...