Go SF Giants!!

Happy Halloween SB fans

Did you watch the SF Giant’s game last night?  You know my kids and my husband have pulled me into the dark side 😉

I used to be the type of person who would immediately start day dreaming and drifting in thoughts as soon as my husband turns any sports on TV.  Couldn’t help it, never knew what the big deal was for me.  But it always surprised me how the guys watch sports.  They are literally on the field on the couch feeling every triumph and pain of their favorite team.

Lately I have been creeping slowly into the other side.  Yesterday’s Giants game was such a delight to watch, specially the cool calmness of Bumgarner as he played pitch after pitch shutting out the other team.  Since I know how the girls struggle with nervousness while they pitch during their softball games, I was specially drawn into how nonchalant MADBUM looked while he pitched.  I really wished I could have gotten into his mind to see what he was thinking about while he pitched, specially while the Giants did not have the home field advantage.   It seemed like to him “no one existed” but the batter and catcher while he pitched.

I also heard from a few people on his pitching technique of how when he pitches his entire arm extends back (so the batter can’t see the ball) and when he brings his arm forward that the batter still can’t see the ball until the point he releases it with an element of surprise.

Kids learn from young age to keep their eye on the ball and I think this is one of the reasons batters can’t gauge his pitches since they can’t see the ball till he releases it. Of course we also had a great team to help him achieve it.  After all Baseball and Softball are team sports.

I have a link here to his high school coach Jeff Parham’s account of Madison Bumgarner.  You can tell how proud he is of his student.

Never in my life would I have thought I could watch an entire game without getting up or drifting off.  I was cheering and getting so into the game that even my dog was wondering “what is wrong with mom?” He was giving me the weird looks.  Here is a pic of him taken when he tagged along for the kid’s games during summer.  Isn’t he cute?

Softball dog
Softball dog

Bungarner’s calmness was simply mental focus at the highest.  I truly wish I could help my girls learn and practice this calmness as they continue to play softball.

Thanks for reading again.  Hope you and your kids have a safe and fun Halloween.

Bruises and Medals

Bruise the size of medal
Bruise the size of medal

As you can tell from the picture above, it was an interesting and intense and fun weekend of softball with bruises and medals.  Both our girls were supposed to have had games in the same field but last-minute changes made our family split up.  One kid-one parent about one hour away in two different fields.  The only thing we had in common was uniform colors and very hot weather in both places.

Saturday’s games were a mixed bag.  My 9-year-old pitched for the first time in A ball tournament for one inning and I was told she did pretty good. Two strike outs and one hit but was tagged out at first base and a couple of walks.  Wish I could have seen it.  I was with my 12-year-old.  The two kids had very different games.  On Saturday, my 9 year old’s team won first game and lost the next two and 12 year old’s team lost first and won the next two games.

As if we don’t have enough injuries in our family, my 12-year-old added another one to the list this last weekend.  A nasty looking bruise on her leg when she took one for the team from the pitcher. Luckily the pitcher was not pitching very hard or fast.  I also added one for myself.  I was standing in a safe spot or so it seemed when a fly ball hit my head, thank goodness for the visor on my hat that deflected the ball enough so I was not hurt bad.  I have a new respect for the speed of fast-pitch balls.  I did have a head ache for the rest of the day but that could have been from the 95 degree heat too.  What is with the heat in October?  I hope the climate change doesn’t make the Bay area like Arizona.

Sunday was a disaster for the older girls team, so we got a chance to visit my younger one in Pleasant Hill, CA.   Lo and behold it was an under 11 tournament and the players had to be 11 in January, so my older daughter and her team-mate who were both still in their jerseys and who had siblings in the 11U team ended up playing for them and getting a runner-up medal the same size as the bruise.

Anyway, what causes a bruise or also known as contusion?  You know I had to read up on it!  Bruises happen when an injury makes the small blood vessels and capillaries near the skin to break and leak blood into the tissue under the skin.  Cold compress and ibuprofen worked great for us.  It took a couple of days, but the swelling reduced and color started fading quick.  This was a bruise from a ball speed of may be 45 mph (it was kind of slow ball).

Can you imagine a ball hitting you from the batter?  I have seen kids fold down and fall from a batted ball hitting them.  That is the reason ASA has the special regulations on bats so the (BBS) batted ball speed doesn’t exceed 98 mph.  Read about it by clicking the link if you are interested.

Be safe and have fun this weekend!