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princeton
05-08-2006, 03:41 PM
this is very prestigious-- supposedly you're either good or you're connected, and li'l princeton's father is the opposite of connected (yes, princeton is unplugged)

but during Sunday's tryouts the 8 year-old second sacker climbed the ladder to snag a liner, dove into short center field to steal a sure single and came up firing to start a double play, hit a couple of balls just over the third baseman's head (which is really as far as he can hit a ball) and, in spite of his father's warnings, made his mound debut and K'd both batters that he faced (despite having thrown the first two pitches completely over the catcher's head). The other fathers were going wild. as for princeton, he was just wondering where the heck this boy came from. mrs. princeton's got some 'splainin' to do

town team plays for 50 straight days beginning in late May. speaking of mrs. princeton-- will there still be a mrs. princeton at the end of those 50 days? stay tuned.

Red Leader
05-08-2006, 03:45 PM
Congrats to him princeton, great to hear. No use in trying to figure out where the talent came from, just be glad he has some regardless of where it came from ;) . Enjoy your 50 days.

I'm looking to get my son involved in some kind of select, legion, whatever ball soon. He doesn't want any part of the rec ball he's currently playing. He's 7 and won't be 8 until January.

Maybe we should move this thread to the "Down On the Farm" forum? :dunno:

traderumor
05-08-2006, 04:03 PM
this is very prestigious-- supposedly you're either good or you're connected, and li'l princeton's father is the opposite of connected (yes, princeton is unplugged)

but during Sunday's tryouts the 8 year-old second sacker climbed the ladder to snag a liner, dove into short center field to steal a sure single and came up firing to start a double play, hit a couple of balls just over the third baseman's head (which is really as far as he can hit a ball) and, in spite of his father's warnings, made his mound debut and K'd both batters that he faced (despite having thrown the first two pitches completely over the catcher's head). The other fathers were going wild. as for princeton, he was just wondering where the heck this boy came from. mrs. princeton's got some 'splainin' to do

town team plays for 50 straight days beginning in late May. speaking of mrs. princeton-- will there still be a mrs. princeton at the end of those 50 days? stay tuned.

Oh, maybe I'll show Mrs. TR this so she can see it could be worse than games or practice five days a week (but we're talking four players, three teams).

Congrats to l'il Princeton, and for you keeping quiet about small sample sizes ;)

Topcat
05-08-2006, 04:20 PM
Congrats to him princeton, great to hear. No use in trying to figure out where the talent came from, just be glad he has some regardless of where it came from ;) . Enjoy your 50 days.

I'm looking to get my son involved in some kind of select, legion, whatever ball soon. He doesn't want any part of the rec ball he's currently playing. He's 7 and won't be 8 until January.

Maybe we should move this thread to the "Down On the Farm" forum? :dunno:


Great news, enjoy watching your child and what baseball is supposed to be a game for fun. Well atleast at the non professional level.

backbencher
05-08-2006, 04:39 PM
Congrats.

Here's hoping for li'l princeton to turn out just like l'il Chris Young or l'il BJ Szymanski.

KronoRed
05-08-2006, 06:24 PM
Congrats :)

Lets sign him up :D

Ohioballplayer
05-08-2006, 07:13 PM
Take from a father of a talented kid, while I was a good ball player with tremendous power, that was about it for me, decent arm, no range.

My 13 year old son has it all, arm, pitching ability (lefty), fluent fielder, 9 assists last year out of 16 games.

This year, no deal, he broke his left hand in 3 places riding in a dried up creek. Season is over for him, now after averaging 166 last year bowling (the one sport his father has tremendous ability) all we have to look forward too is the bowling season starting in September.

watch your 50 games and enjoy every minute of it, because when he turns 12, he will know it all, on and off the field, and girls start getting into the picture and hormones tend to over-ride talent, lol.

GOOD LUCK.

15fan
05-08-2006, 07:24 PM
My first round cyber-pick in the 2016 draft?

princeton the younger.

chicoruiz
05-08-2006, 09:13 PM
Congrats, Princeton. I've been hearing you say "challenge thy hitters, pamper thy pitchers" for about a decade now. Good luck with that :).

BCubb2003
05-08-2006, 09:47 PM
Sounds scrappy.

TRF
05-09-2006, 09:40 AM
Congrats. My son has a bit of athlete in him too. He likes the idea of playing, but hates the practice part. Makes me crazy.

919191
05-09-2006, 09:52 AM
My 8 year old loves practice. For some reason he has stopped making contact. Last year in spring ball and fall ball he had a period right after the season started where he slumped. Do 8 year olds slump? Anyway, both seasons he turned it around and ended up leading off, so I'll keep the pressure off him and work with him as often as I can. I bought a Hit'n Stick- I think that is what it is called, abd if he uses it the day of or day before a game, he seems to hit better...or maybe I am trying to justify the expense!

Anyway, he is also involved with Tae Kwon Do and my 4 year old is in tee ball, too, and I work nights, so my wife is really busy!

princeton
05-09-2006, 10:08 AM
I keep telling his mother that the careers of little righthanders is very short-- once the bigger guys learn how to catch the ball, he'll be pushed aside by 9 year-olds that can bop. But for 50 days, I'll let him think that he's actually the next Derek Jeter. I'd give up a lot to think again, just for a day, that I could be anything other than nondescript.

TRF
05-09-2006, 10:40 AM
Trust me, you are anything but.

Spitball
05-09-2006, 12:10 PM
Congratulations!

My fondest sports memories are of those days watching my oldest son develop as a pitcher. I'm betting you will have many of the same. (Probably not the thread to beer somebody)

Guacarock
05-09-2006, 12:17 PM
Congrats, Princeton.

Little Guaca, age 8, is also showing some promise on his machine-pitch team, the Rattlesnakes. He's a scrappy catcher who can clobber the ball over the heads of the opposing infielders.

If only he could learn when to stop running the bases. This kid tries to stretch every cheap hit into a home run. When he gets hung out to dry, he simply races off into the outfield, forcing the defenders to give chase! It ain't pretty, but it keeps the folks in the stands entertained.

Steve4192
05-09-2006, 12:17 PM
I keep telling his mother that the careers of little righthanders is very short-- once the bigger guys learn how to catch the ball, he'll be pushed aside by 9 year-olds that can bop.
I don't know about that.

There is always a place in little league ball for a kid that can pick it in the field. As a former Knothole coach, I can tell you that the thing that pleased me the most was when we only gave the other team 27 outs. Any time I found a kid that could play an up the middle defensive position and keep the errors to a minimum while making the occasional spectacular play, I started him ... no matter how much of a judy hitter he might be. That approach might not work in the majors where players convert 99% of the play in the field, but in little league it works like a charm.

Spitball
05-09-2006, 01:24 PM
... I can tell you that the thing that pleased me the most was when we only gave the other team 27 outs.

Do your kids play nine innings?

RANDY IN INDY
05-09-2006, 05:08 PM
My son, Matt, is also 8. He is 4'11" tall and 85 lbs. He is lefthanded and plays first base for his coach pitch "rec" league team and a traveling "Challenge" team that plays weekend tournaments against other Charlotte area teams. Our "rec" league team is 12-2 and going into the end of season tournament as a #2 seed out of 23 teams. His Challenge team won the only tournament they have played in so far. He also has been called up several times to play for minor league (kid pitch) when teams were short players throughout this season and last fall. I was a little worried at how he would react to the kids pitching, but he never has been intimidated in the least and has been hit a couple of times by pitches. He has 4 hits in three games of minor league play this spring, and actually batted 4th for the last team he played for.

I'm real happy with the progress that Matt is making. He is a very good fielder and has hit around .800 for his team with close to 50 rbi's, (our team has scored 200 runs) a homerun and a slew of extra base hits. He loves to play and practice. We have a net in the garage, and he usually gets me to soft toss with him 4-5 times a week. He has a beautiful swing and hits the ball very hard. I've been really blessed with a son who seems to love the game as much as I do. I am real proud of him.

lollipopcurve
05-09-2006, 05:19 PM
Nice to hear the proud parents. I have a couple teens now who have been through lots of sports, including tournament/travel teams for baseball and basketball. It can be exhilarating, frustrating, innocent and instructive -- my only advice is to remember it's for the kids. Relax, and enjoy!

CougarQuest
05-09-2006, 10:28 PM
I love to hear proud parents. Drink it all in princeton ... as slowly as you can.