When my son is pitching, they all look like strikes to me.

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Alone at the Plate

He pulls on a helmet, picks up a bat
and walks to plate "gotta hit and that's that".

The crowd starts to yell, the game's on the line
last inning, two outs, and the score's nine to nine.

Dad yells, "go get it,"Mom wrings her hands,
Coach yells "hit it" but alone there he stands.

Heroes are made on seconds such as this,
but he's just a little boy, what if he should miss?

Years after the games ended and he's little no more
will he remember the outcome or even the score?

No he'll have forgotten if he was out, hit or run,
he'll only look back on his friends and the fun.

So cheer this boy on, alone with his fate;
help him remember with fondness, this stand at the plate.

Spend your time wisely and help in his quest
to be a hitter with confidence and always his best.

And when the game's over, this boy can stand tall,
for you've helped him prepare to give it his all!

The Greatest

(Performed by Kenny Rogers)

Little boy, in a baseball hat,
stands in the field, with his ball and bat
Says "I am the greatest player of them all!"
He puts his bat on his shoulder, and he tosses up his ball.

And the ball goes up, and the ball comes down,
and he swings his bat all the way around
The world's so still you can hear the sound,
as the baseball falls, to the ground.

Now the little boy, doesn't say a word . . .
picks up his ball; he is undeterred
Says "I am the greatest there has ever been!"
And he grits his teeth. And he tries it again.

And the ball goes up, and the ball comes down,
and he swings his bat all the way around
And the world's so still you can hear the sound,
as the baseball falls, to the ground.

He makes no excuses; he shows no fear
He just closes his eyes, and listens to the cheers
Now the little boy, he adjusts his hat
Picks up his ball. Stares at his bat.

Says "I am the greatest, and the game is on the line!"
So he gives his all, one last time
And the ball goes up, like the moon so bright,
swings his bat, with all his might.

And the world's as still as still can be,
and the baseball falls; and that's strike 3
Now it's supper time, and his momma calls
Little boy starts home, with his bat and ball.

Says, "I am the greatest, that is a fact . . .
but even I didn't know, I could pitch like that."

(There is alternate ending that says:
I am the greatest--that is understood,
but even I didn't know I could pitch that good.)

Just a Little Person

They stand at the plate with hearts pounding fast;
The bases are loaded, the die has been cast.
Mom and Dad cannot help them, they stand alone
A hit at this moment would send the team home

The ball nears the plate, they swing and they miss
there's a groan from the crowd, with a boo and a hiss
A thoughtless voice cries, "Strike out the bum!"
Tears fill their eyes, the game's no longer fun.

So open your heart and give them a break
For it's moments like this, an adult you can make
Keep this in mind when you hear someone forget,
They're just a little person, not men and women yet.

Where You Won't Find Any Nuns

Sitting behind a couple of nuns at a baseball game with their habits partially blocking the view, three men decided to badger the nuns. In an effort to get them to move, one of the men said in a very loud voice, "I think I'm going to move to Utah, there are only a hundred nuns there."
The second guy spoke up and said, "I want to go to Montana, there are only fifty nuns there."
The third guy spoke up and said, "I want to go to Idaho, there are only twenty-five nuns there."
One of the nuns turned around, looked at the men, and in a very sweet, calm voice said, "Why don't you go to hell? There aren't any nuns there."

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Songs about Baseball

Baseball Trivia

The average life of a major league baseball is seven pitches. They don't actually wear out that fast but foul balls are lost to fans and homerun balls are usually not retrieved. Slightly worn balls are not thrown away, they are used for practice.

Something to think about:
Why do we sing "Take me out to the ball game" when we are already there?

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