On Saturday the Turners visited Nationals Park and watched one heck of a baseball game. The Washington Nationals battled back and beat the Chicago Cubs to even up the National League Division Series 1-1. Bryce Harper went yard to tie up the score and Ryan Zimmerman blasted a three-run homerun to put the Cubs out of their misery. The atmosphere in the park was absolutely electric, but it wasn’t even close to the most thrilling thing the Turners witnessed on October 7th.
DJ made the tournament team and we had a doubleheader that started almost 8 hours earlier than the Nationals game. The team battled and fought hard in the first game of the doubleheader, but we came up a little short. As one of the coaches, I was proud of their performance and especially proud of my son. He had a few mistakes at third, but he made the opposing pitcher pay for his mistake by blasting a three-run homer to straight away center field for his first ever homerun. He was so excited and his teammates were all over him. As the coach, I played it cool. As his dad I was going crazy inside. Thankfully one of the parents retrieved the ball and gave it to my son.
In the second game, we erased a 7-0 deficit and won. DJ pitched, struck out 8 and held the other team in check to give us a chance. He struck out and walked in his only two plate appearances. Nevertheless, the win allowed us to play on Sunday. The game on Sunday started out well, but it ended horribly. We ran out of starting pitchers, errors and timely hitting by the opposition got the best of us. My son went 2-2 with a triple, a single and one RBI. He was just a double short of hitting for the cycle over the three games.
In all, the Turners were part of four amazing baseball games the past two days. And the good thing about it is, we have a baseball tournament coming up this weekend so my son and I get to do this all over again. Let’s just hope the Nationals are still playing too.