Benny just finished his first Allstar baseball tournament. He absolutely loves to play and is really learning a lot about the game. It’s no surprise that he always know the score and remembers various stats about his games.
One of my favorite memories about this tournament didn’t happen at a game, but the morning after. I couldn’t be at their first game where they received their uniforms. I had gotten home late the night of the game and he was already sound asleep. I woke up bright and early the next morning with Benny standing next to my bed proudly showing me his jersey. He then recapped the entire game for me; who was on each base, who made key outs including his own catch of a pop-fly for one out and running the ball in from the outfield to get a runner out.
Another favorite moment came with watching the excitement on his face during the championship game when he ran off the field during the second to last inning knowing that they had sealed the championship by holding their opponent to just a couple runs that inning. I was lucky enough to capture his huge smile.
His team won the championship game and Benny was, of course, thrilled with his trophy!
This next image is my new favorite because I love that is so telling of him and his age. His baseball backpack that is too big and a little too heavy for his skinny frame slipping off his shoulder. It has his name embroidered and makes him feel like the ‘real deal’, so he loves it. His freckles becoming more prominent. That permanent tooth way bigger than the rest, right next to the hole that held the most recent lost baby tooth. His longer hair peaking out from under his cap. He’s becoming more opinionated of his style and intent on having long hair. And his proud grin after a big win. If I could go back in time, I’m pretty sure this is what his daddy looked like at almost 7.
The quest for the biggest and best trophy has started here in a house full of competitive boys. My boys may all have different interests but thankfully, each of their activities has presented an opportunity for a trophy. Last night Benny was asking Ken about his trophies and where they were and which was the biggest and a multitude of other questions. Ken got out a box of keepsakes that included his first ever trophy… fittingly a baseball trophy. Benny loved looking through all of his sports memorabilia and I loved watching and listening to these two sport lovers.
One more baseball tournament for Benny, and then soccer will be in full-force for Ricky.