The weather warmed up to the mid-to-high 60s today, and it got me thinking about going to the park to play catch. The only things that really stopped me were the threat of a looming rain cloud in the distance and the fact that I simply don’t know anybody else besides my son to play with. At some point, just playing catch becomes boring and you’d like to play a real game of baseball, or barring that, at least some whiffleball. With whiffleball, you also don’t have to worry about shelling out hundreds of dollars for all the windows you can destroy with a well-placed baseball.
When I was in North Carolina with a group of like-minded friends, we would go out to the park with a big bucket of baseballs and just do batting practice. There was the rotating batter, the pitcher, an infielder and an outfielder. So we would just keep swapping positions until everyone got a few rounds of hacks in, and everyone got to run around trying to snag grounders or chase after deep flies. I actually got to hit a Little League home run or two, which was exciting since I’m more of a slap/line drive hitter than a power guy.
Not knowing that many people around these parts, except for the weekly beer league softball game, I don’t get to do this much anymore. I was remarking to Roobs how fun it would be to get a group of guys together, and set up like a full nine-on-nine game. Heck, we don’t even need nine-on-nine. We just need enough to field all nine defensive positions and four batter/baserunners.
Are there 13 (oooh, Starlin Castro‘s number!) willing individuals within the Chicagoland area who would want to come out and play sometime? Who knows a good field? Who has catching equipment and/or batting helmet (both flaps) and/or multiple bats in case we accidentally break one?
This could work. This is exciting.