To Pitch, or not to Pitch, That is the Question
All last week I was thinking about how to approach today. My son had a state performance with the Maryland Orchestra Directors Association's State Solo and Ensemble Festival and he had a baseball game scheduled at the same time in which it was his turn in the rotation to pitch. His last outing was a complete game shutout so of course I needed him to pitch. That being said, the solo ensemble was extremely important too because he had put a lot of work into it. Plus his excellent performance at the county level is what put him in position to perform in Baltimore today anyway.
The coach in me didn't want to give him a choice, but the dad in me felt it was only right. So earlier in the week I asked him if he wanted to play baseball or play the viola and without hesitation he said he wanted to play baseball. I even told him that he didn't have to choose baseball because I was the coach and I asked him again if he was sure he wanted to play baseball and he said, "Dad I'm sure. I want to play baseball! It's okay!!!"
I felt so good that I would have Little Scherzer on the mound, but at the same time I felt so bad because he worked so hard to participate in this state performance. Surely he could miss one baseball game, right? Even the coach in me wasn't all the way on board with his decision, but my wife said it's his decision. And she was right...it was his decision. Thankfully, our game got rained out and he was able to perform Musette and he scored Level 2 and earned a medal. Sometime things seem to work out for the best.