A Day of Baseball

Peter up at bat in his first game in the Mite League. This is his first experience with “kid pitch” baseball. In previous years, the ball was pitched by his own coach. Peter made a spectacular catch in the first inning. The ball was hit just over the infielders’ heads and Peter ran in from right field. He caught the ball just off the ground. After the catch, he held up his glove, showing he had made the catch. The crowd went wild.

Grace swings at a pitch in her first game in the Pee Wee League. Grace is playing baseball for the first time. Her coach is former UNC Center Eric Montross.

After two rec league games, we went to the UNC vs Duke baseball game on campus. The Carolina Kids Club members got to do all the jobs of running the game at “Kids Take Over the Bosh,” a reference to Boshamer Stadium. Here’s Grace taking tickets at the gate.

Peter was the PA Announcer in the bottom of the 6th inning. Carolina scored 3 runs and had a great inning. Peter called all 9 batters in the rotation and did a great job. He spoke clearly and loudly.

Sleep Deprivation

From a series of articles in Slate.com about sleep:

Robert Stickgold, a cognitive neuroscientist at Harvard, said “We think we can deprive ourselves of sleep and drink triple espressos or take Modafinil. But that’s like saying, ‘I’ve figured out how to cure hunger in Africa: I’m going to send over amphetamines so people won’t feel hungry anymore.’ It doesn’t address the underlying need.”

Fallen Mascot

Grace and Rameses, November 2005

Since I live in Chapel Hill, have die hard UNC fans for children, and have opportunities to go to many UNC games, we have lots of pictures like the one above. I just don’t post them very often.

Jason Ray, the student who cheered on the Tar Heel nation as the UNC mascot, died from injuries suffered in a tragic car accident. I want to pass on my thoughts to his family members and friends. He sounded like a great kid that will surely be missed.

Personal Headline Connection

Even though I just said below that I am not very likely to post about leading news headlines, I do feel a need to commnent on the latest news about John and Elizabeth Edwards.

When I read the following quote from the 60 Minutes interview:

ON WHAT JOHN EDWARDS AND HIS WIFE TOLD THEIR TWO YOUNGEST CHILDREN: “I said, ‘Well, Mommy’s cancer’s back.’ And they said, ‘Can she die from this?’ And then Elizabeth said all of us are going to die eventually. We’re all going to die from something. And Mommy knows now what she’s probably going to die from.”

All I could think about are the kids. Jack and Emma Edwards go to the same school as my kids, and were in the same classes as my kids last year. I know the kids better than their famous parents, and it pains me to think that they had to talk to their mom about her death.

These are pretty normal kids, even though they have grown up in the spotlight. They have eaten meals in the White House, they have been on the campaign trail, and have even addressed large crowds of people. Well, at least they were on stage while their parents addressed them.