Friday, June 27, 2008

Open Mouth, Insert Foot

I typically won't post 2 times in one day...but this story is so funny, I couldn't wait till tomorrow...Hee hee....It is right now still fresh in my mind...and I want to get it down, so I won't forget any of the "gory" details....

For those of you who know us well, we love sports....Football, baseball, basketball and soccer....My oldest son plays all 4...and he very athletic(I think)....He takes after his daddy...Because James played sports in high school...and still loves to be a part of the team....so he does this by coaching......I am just attempting to set up the background behind this hilarious story I am trying to put on paper....While my mind is going 1000 miles a minute....So, I say all that to start with this.....Last night was our Padres' team's last game....We had been undefeated until this week....and we lost Tuesday night to the Red's...good game....our boys played hard...and so did the other team....and we lost...that happens....Sometimes I think losses are just as good as wins....They are good for the character...Helps us learn to hold our heads up...no matter the circumstances.....And we did.....Some of the kids on the Red's are Ian's best friends....I took the Red's pictures that night...We lost....No hard feelings..Awesome Sportsmanship showed on both sides of the field......That is what baseball is all about {tear}Now, the dream ends here...and turns ugly!!! This is the point where we go back to last night....The game that blew me away....Not the game itself...but the parents...and their actions....the coach...unbelievable....There are so many little things from the game that I could share...but it is not necessary...because the "juicy part" of my tale...happened today...You may need to know that we lost last night....10-9....Ian scored 3 home runs (Even though they took one of them away....called it a foul ball...after he ran the bases...and it had already been called fair....Hmmmm....Can we change a call, after it has already been made? I didn't think so...} ....He had a double play...He had absolutely nothing to be ashamed of....but losing is hard....especially for the competitive type....{James and Ian ;)} None of the kids did...they all played great...But the negativity coming from the crowd was unbelievable....Not our side...This was one time that all of our parents came together and cheered, and lifted up our boys...{this is why I heart baseball} Come on guys....these kids are 10 years old....Seriously...Calm down....

I had lots of errands to run today...stopping the mail...turning in library books...getting paperwork together for AMTC...you name it...lots of the things you do before going on vacation...Well, I started to go to the library , and decided to run by the post office first....trying to use as little gas as possible.....While I was in the post office....there were probably 15 or so people in line....and 3 people working the counter....I was just standing there listening...when I overheard the following conversation.....

Post office employee asking customer..."So, how was your game last night?"

Customer....." Awesome....We kicked this teams butts (another word was used but I will spare you) ....They were the cockiest bunch of boys I have ever seen....They needed to be knocked down a notch, and we (another bad word) well did it last night....And you should have seen this coach...He was psycho( James? Psycho?)....He was throwing signs to the boys...like it was Major Leagues or something....I mean we killed them....(the score was 10-9--after they took Ian's home run away) We showed this coach a thing or two..."

blah blah blah blah...He went on and on and on......I couldn't hardly stand to listen any longer...

The more I listened...the angrier I got...because I saw this man on the field last night...He wasn't acting very positive....Hmmmm...Things hadn't changed much since last night....So, back to the post office.....

Post Office Employee:"Who is the coach? My son plays in the younger league..and if he is that bad...I want to make sure he doesn't get him....(Are you kidding me?)"

Customer: "I don't know who he is....."

Ok...guys...I have just listened to enough husband bashing...son bashing...my heart was flying...but I walked up to the counter...and said...

"Sir, the coach you are speaking of...happens to be my husband...." =) Yes...I did...I said it...and I am proud of him too!!!! He really looks cocky in this picture...Good Grief!

Well, needless to say...the "customer" didn't have much else to say....He said he saw me there last night....ect...but the game...history...nothing else to say....Well, he left the post office...As the sliding doors closed...Laughter, from my new "friends" filled the place....Everyone was laughing...and saying how funny that was....and the man in front of me...even said he was getting ready to "pretend to be my husband...." because he wanted to take a stand for me....nice people make me happy....=)

I felt good...I stood up for those I love...and it felt good...This "guy" doesn't know my husband...or my son...or the boys on our team for that matter...but I do...I have been on the ball field 4 to 5 days a week with these guys...watching them build each other up...support each other...pray together...cry together....yes...these "cocky kids" cry together....come on....please...and I know the truth....Others can form opinions...and they will...This is something that happens in life...not just on the ball field...People will talk, and cut others down...with nothing to base it on....and it can hurt...and it is wrong...but today...I stepped in...This guy may never see me again...but I do think he will remember running his mouth....at an inopportune time....and maybe learn a lesson...who knows? If nothing else, I learned that I love what James stands for...who he is...and I value how he is such a strong role model in my children's lives...and the lives of these other kids..that he sacrifices his time daily for.....We didn't come in first,(We did place second which is awesome) but that isn't always the prize....All of us are taking something from this season....Respect...love....and teamwork....Coming together is an awesome feeling....I am just so proud of these guys this year....each and every one of them....I don't think I have ever enjoyed a baseball season more....God is Good....All the Time.....Go Padres!!!!


10 comments:

The Brady's said...

Go Cassie...If it would have been my husband I wouldnt have lasted as long as you did...and I also wouldnt have been as nice...Im proud of you..keeping your cool & setting an example..without turning into the same thing he was...a butt!

Fran said...

Oh Cassie...
Being the other sports fanatic mom too, I can hardly believe this!!!
Oh yes I can. Isn't it crazy how people can get all worked up and crazy acting???

Well, I'm feeling your pain and then I'm jumping up and down so happy that you "showed him!" Good for you momma and wife!

Now, enjoy the weekend!
Hugs,
Fran

donnaj said...

Right on, Cassie. I would have loved to have been there in the post office line. Thank you for your witness. Thank you for standing up for your husband. Thank you for your courage to say anything at all. It would have been just as easy to keep quiet, let your anger build up and been sorry you failed to say something. Thanks for sharing.

Ladyfalcons said...

go mommy!

Nicole said...

Like I told you before...that man was crazy and obviously didn't have a clue what he was talking about.

James has coached Davis 4 times now (including the current team) and he is anything but cocky and a very good coach.

Got to run so can't write much...getting ready to meet you to go to ANOTHER ball game...ha ha...to say we are sports fanatics would be an understatement!!!

piercefamilyof4 said...

How crazy is this story...I'm sure you've made your husband very proud! I can't believe that guy! Congrats for standing up for your family and your team! I can't believe how crazy people get (of course we haven't really gotten into sports, yet-I'm sure our time is coming though)
On a side note, I can't wait to see your posts about Macie while you all are in Orlando! Good luck to her!
Anne

BethAnne said...

Sister, you did the right thing! My husband umpired college baseball for years so I have heard him called everything in the book and I have gotten very 'agitated' (nice word for ticked off) at people. You know we are baseball people here too and we are smack dab in the middle of our tournament.....tonight was fine, but the coaches from last night were awful. You would have thought we were the NEW YORK YANKEES instead of the Elizabethton Boys Club Yankees.....oh my goodness! My husband coaches too but he rarely gets upset - these kids are 8 yrs old for goodness sake.

Leeann said...

GOOD FOR YOU!!! What a jerk!

It's All Good! said...

Great job! I would've done the same thing and I'm definitely not a confrontational person. Just that one sentence was able to shut him up from further putting down all the people you love! Hope the guy was able to reflect on his own bad attitute and mouth and maybe, just maybe, end up a better person because of your words.
God bless,
Brenda

MaryBeth said...

Good for you Cassie! I dread the sports crazed parents days of little league... we're still pretty far away, but I'm sure it'll be here in no time.