I played ball for more years than I can mention...toting my young children along to many ball parks.
I happened to play for one of the winningest teams in the women's league...L&M Mini-Mart was a formidable foe! (The name left a little to be desired...but they were wonderful sponsors.) And what fun it was to play with two of my sisters, and a bunch of friends. It felt great to win...but not at all costs.
There are more important aspects to the game than winning...like how you feel about yourself when the game is over. I was reminded of that very thing last week when I saw this softball story on the news.
Sportsmanship and kindness took the upper hand to winning in Central Washington recently...watch the story for yourself and be inspired by these young gals who did the right thing. Sara Tucholsky hit a home run, only to blow out her knee at first base...and two members from the opposing team carried her around the bases so she could score the run.
I'm not planning to play ball this season (unless I happen to show up at the ball park to cheer...only to be persuaded once more by my son that I really need to fill that hole out there until the regular player shows up!). But I'm looking forward to watching lots of ball...here, there and everywhere. We just got tickets for a New York Yankees vs. Seattle Mariners game in September...
...and are planning to watch our own Vancouver Canadians play at Nat Bailey Stadium sometime over the summer. And I'll be rooting for my team...but I know that winning isn't everything!