It's Little League Signup Time! Should I Care?
Spring is just around the corner, and Little Leagues around the US are signing up players and getting ready to play America's National Game. With the San Francisco Giants' World Series victory over the San Diego Padres, baseball in the Bay Area is more popular than ever — every boy at my kids' school owns a Giants shirt or cap, and calling someone a Freak is now a compliment instead of an insult — so I'm betting Bay Area parents are signing up their kids for Little League in record numbers.
Just a couple of days ago, at my sons' birthday party, two moms came up to me with big smiles on their faces. "Guess what?", one said happily. "Little League sign-ups are open! You have to sign 3Po and Jammy up before they run out of space." "Yes," agreed the other mom, "It's sooo much more fun than the soccer league they did in the fall. All the kids from the same school are put on one team, so it's like one big class party for the kids and the parents. And they get the cutest baseball jerseys. I'll forward you the email."
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Well, why not? 3Po and Jammy are in a basketball league right now, but they won't have any organized activities scheduled for the spring. They had a great experience playing league soccer in the fall. My husband is passionate about the sport, so he volunteered as a referree and threw himself, heart and soul, into their games. I got to know some great parents as we cheered from the sidelines. The boys loved being on a team with their friends and everyone in the family was really sorry to see it end. It does seem like all of their friends are joining Little League this spring. If these moms tell me that Little League baseball is even better than the one for soccer — and they give cute jerseys to boot — shouldn't I be falling all over myself to sign the boys up? They could end up being the next Tim Lincecum! There's just one problem: Neither Alfie nor I like baseball.