And no, I’m not exaggerating….
Got a call tonight from Tyler’s baseball coach about last night’s activities. Here’s a bit of a review.
Last night Tyler and his friend went to practice before Tyler’s game. During practice, Tyler became sick, threw up a bit and said he didn’t want to play. Now DeAnn and I have been through this before with Tyler and his numerous visits to the nurses office when he really wants to or doesn’t want to do something. Tyler will get himself worked up to the point where he vomits. Old news, but it happens.
So last night, DeAnn gets to the game and finds out Tyler was sick. OK, no big deal, explain it to the coach (since he’s not “sick” anymore and he’s wanting to practice with his friend). Coach decides to bench him for the game. Not a problem, DeAnn and I support the decision and we stay to watch the game (so that Tyler doesn’t get “rewarded” for his choice of behaviors). Several times during the game, Tyler decided he wanted to play and asked his coach if he could play. The answer was “No”. His team won and at the end of the game, Tyler apologized to his coach and told him what happened (he really wanted to pitch, not going to happen his first year in the league).
Fast forward to today. Get a call from his coach stating that he has “concerns” about Tyler and his reaction speed at the plate. He’s concerned that Tyler won’t dive out of a pitch fast enough. OK, no big deal, we can take care of that, but I think you have other kids on the team who have had the same issue this year.
Then we get to the nitty gritty. Tyler ticked him off. Big time. So much that he wants him off the team so that “he never has another night like that again”. I explain to him about Tyler’s illness, but he doesn’t seem concerned. He’s called the league office and wants him off the team. For asking his coach to play.
If this was a league where kids tried out and were expected to play at an advanced level, I could understand. But this is Huntington County Baseball. A league where “everyone” is welcome regardless of skill sets.
Tyler has a game tomorrow night. My guess will be that he will be told he isn’t on the team anymore (with only two weeks in the season left) and we’ll be screwed to get him on another team. Season over.
All because my kid asked to play.
Update: Tyler’s first hit was on Tuesday and the Zaptruder-like video (I was watching Nathan on the other side of the parking lot) is here.