A Story of Our Season

May 14, 2016

I don’t often completely lift newspaper articles and post them in their entirety in my blog, but Joe Davidson’s article from yesterday’s Sacramento Bee captures this aspect of our season so well, I’m just gonna.

But first, I have to add this:

When Peter was in kindergarten, I helped out a few times out on the playground. Peter and Ryan were in the same kindergarten class (and 1st, maybe 2nd, I think 5th… will have to check).

So, I was a PE mom from time to time, which was really fun. And enlightening.

Having always been a coordinated athletic type, I just didn’t relate to the challenges some kids had with very basic things.. like running, throwing, jumping. I remember one day, I actually worked with two kids, both boys, who could not skip. I had to break down skipping into its most basic elements: stand on one foot, hop, step forward onto the other foot, hop, step forward on the other foot, hop… etc.  It was the most unnatural thing to these guys…so frustrating. One, not at all happy about it, gave up and sulked off to do something else (which I was sorry about). The other stuck with it. When he got it, finally, I thought he’d cry. He was so beaming, and so proud. It was definitely one of the highlights of my days working in Peter’s elementary school classes.

I also remember just wandering around the kindergarten playground and watching the kids play. I remember standing at a teeny tiny rectangle of fenced-in grass one day and watching a group of kids play soccer. One was Ryan. He was far and away the alpha athlete on that rectangle of grass. He had more natural instinct and more coordination in his moves than anyone, by orders of magnitude. He was the clear leader on the field, he directed the plays, he juked, he controlled the ball… it was memorably impressive.

It was NEVER more evident to me that some kids had athletic talent, and some kids didn’t. The skipping was proof that some kids just simply didn’t, and Ryan’s command of soccer was clear evidence that some kids did. He had it completely and totally.

So fast forward to the baseball years. When Peter was making his first 9-10 District team, even as a 9-year old, which was impressive enough, Ryan was already playing a year ahead in the 10-11’s, and so it went all the way through Little League. They were also divided into National and American leagues, so never played with or against one another. When Peter made freshman team (so thrilled and happy were we!),  Ryan was already being brought up to varsity. When Peter made the varsity team in his junior year, Ryan sat out the entire season with an injury. So this year is the first they actually played together on the same team.

And it’s been a pretty fun experience to be able to watch some of what is described below….



Pro baseball or UCLA, Davis’ Ryan Kreidler will have fun