Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Question of the Day

Student: "Mr. Street, what's your favorite kind of candy."

Mr. Street: "Peanut M&M's."

Student: "No, favorite CANDY?"

[Pause]  Huh?

Mr. Street: "You mean like a candy bar?  Twix."

Student: "NO, candy candy."

[Pause] Am I on candid camera?

Mr. Street: "Reese's Peanut Butter Cups."

Student: "NO! Like Skittles, Sour Patch Kids, stuff like that."

Turns out he thinks that if it has chocolate, then it's not in the candy category.

I told him Mambas and moved on.  Geesh!

I don't know about you, but I'm going to eat some candy now.  Thanks for reading.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Mix Emotions

So my team finished up the tournament we were in last Saturday.  We had games at 9:45am, 12:30pm and at 2:30pm.  We headed into play on Saturday with a 2-0 record.

We won our pool in the first game with a 7 to 2 victory.  That meant we played the perennial favorite, Centennial High School. 

We played a great game.  Our guys were making plays on defense, putting the ball in play and scoring runs.  Before we know it the umpire says, "This will be the last inning."  We are up 5 to 1.

First batters gets out...two outs away.  And then the wheels fall off. 

A few errors, a few hits, mix in another error and we have a tie ballgame.  In the bottom half of the inning, we got a runner to third, but struck out to end the inning.

At this point I lean on my pitcher a bit too long, and we find ourselves on the short end of the stick and lose 10-5.

So we move over fields to where we are competing for 3rd place.  Our guys are drained...I'M DRAINED and my voice is shot.

We start off down 5 to 0 in the first inning, but rally back to tie it in the 2nd.  New ballgame.

We move to the last inning (we are the home team) where we trailing by 2 runs.

First batter, base hit.  Next batter, ground ball double play.  Next batter, routine ground ball to the 2nd base girl.

Yes girl.

The ball goes through her legs.  We have life.

The following 12 pitchers are balls, meaning we are down by one with the bases load.

Batter is down to his last strike and then gets hit in the helmet.  TIE BALL GAME.

Next pitch is a wild one that goes to the screen, my player runs home for the victory!

It was a day filled with highs and lows.  Our guys gained confidence in their ability to "play with the big boys."  They showed heart in coming back from a brutal loss to come from behind to win a game against a good team.

Our next game is Friday as we open up league play.  We feel good about our team.  The bar was raised Saturday.  Here's to the bar moving up.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Jackson's Quote

Just before bath time tonight, the following dialogue took place:

Me: "Jackson, bath time.  Let's go."

Jackson: "Right after this commercial."

Soon as the commercial was over, I turned the t.v. off.

Jackson: "Smart."

Me: "What did you say?"

Jackson: "Smart."

Me: "Why do you say that?"

Jackson: "Because then I can't watch anymore t.v."

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Another Season Begins

You may recall that I coach the frosh/soph baseball team at the high school I work at (Bakersfield High).  Today we had our first real games, well kind of real.

Usually we play 7 innings or a two hour time limit.  The tournament we are in has a 1 hour time limit, AND a 5 run rule (after 5 runs, your team is done hitting.)  Kind of like Little League.

We played two high schools that were not very good.  First game we won 7 to 2 in 3 innings.

The second game we played 3 innings, but we only batted twice.  The second game was very odd.  The first five batters all walked, all stole 2nd base, either stole third base or moved over on a wild pitch, and then went home on another wild pitch. 

5 batters, 5 walks, 5 runs.

Same story in the second inning.

We got NO HITS and WON 10 to 0.

Gotta love frosh/soph baseball!  (Unless your team is the one that can't do anything right - been there, done that.)

Next games are on Saturday, where it should be more of the same in the first game, but then "real" competition after that. 

So our record is 2-0 right now.  I'll take it.  We'll see how the rest of the year plays out.

Go Drillers!