Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Todd's Baseball

Todd's current hobby is baseball. He plays on the local little league team and has two games a week, plus practices. I (Brent) have been very involved with his basketball and chess, and like to think that I have been a good coach. But when it comes to baseball, I have pretty much just provided transportation and moral support. I never played little league and don't know the game of baseball much. The one time I tried to give him some hitting tips at practice, the coach corrected me and said he was doing it right.

But despite my lack of help, Todd has developed into one of the best players on the team (in my biased opinion). In each of the last two games Todd has hit a triple and then stolen home. He only got three at-bats in the two games combined, so that is a pretty good slugging percentage. Last night he got an RBI and a run, accounting for two of the team's three runs.

Todd hits an RBI single in his first at-bat of the season.

After a few games in the outfield at the beginning of the season, the coach moved him to first base, where he has been a great fit. An opposing coach commented to me that Todd played first base as well as anyone in the league. He mentioned specifically how well he knows which position to be in (e.g. when to cover the base, when to be the cut-off and when to back up the pitcher).

We're very proud of you, Todd!

9 comments:

Kristen said...

There's nothing like an evening at the baseball field. I love the sound of the bat making contact with the ball!
First base is a tough and important position to play. Way to go, Todd!

Andrea said...

I NEED to see a game before the season is over! Todd totally had to tell me what all his baseball jargon meant when I was dropping him off for a game. He's one cool kid!

Russ said...

That's awesome Todd! It's good to see there are some Zimmerman baseball genes floating around there somewhere. I wasn't blessed with any... the only season I played little league, I think I had only 1 or 2 hits. For some reason, though, I was hit by the pitch more times than anyone else on my team.

Beverly said...

Good job Todd. I love baseball and know that the first basement is one of the most important positions on the team (after the pitcher, the catcher, and the shortstop).

Scott said...

Way to go, Todd!

As for baseball genes that Russ mention: I loved baseball when I was a kid (age 12 through age 17), and I played it almost every day during the summer. I even played first base in little league but got moved to shortstop in my later years. At the time, I thought I was great at it, but looking back, I think I was good but not great. I always batted first because I walked a lot and because I was NOT a power hitter.

Keep up the great hobby, and we'll come and watch you play next summer.

bdz132 said...

He did it again! In tonight's game he got another triple and then stole home. (That's three games in a row!) He got an RBI and two runs, accounting for three of the team's four runs.

The Bullknitter said...

And why wouldn't he be good at whatever he wants to do? Look at his mom! Good genes,eh?

Colett's Corner said...

Way to PLAY BALL!!!!!!

Erin said...

Way to go, Todd! That's awesome.