A few months ago, I let my daughters talk me into quitting my over-80 softball team. They worried about me getting hurt.
I had started my 33rd year playing with these guys when we started the over-50 players, 33 years ago.
I had managed the Syar Industries Blue Team since day one.
I recently showed up at the ball field to watch my team play. My team members were shaking my hand and hugging me like they had not seen me in years. They talked me into playing with them.
Since we old pitchers have been hit so many times, they now have a barricade at the pitcher’s mound. You pitch the ball to the batter, and then step behind the barricade.
On my first pitch I forgot to get behind the barricade, and the ball got me. I had pitched all those years, and old habits are hard to break, as I learned the hard way.
The one other change they now have is that a 10th player has been added to the team, then put the fastest runner in the outfield, and he can run all over the field.
The only problem I had was throwing the ball during the first part of the game. I should have warmed up before taking the field. After all the games I’ve played over the years, I should have known better.
For the time being, I will only play our home games. It feels good to be back with my team.
I wonder what my kids will say?
I was very sore when I got out of the bed the next morning.
Contributing writer Everett Vanover lives in Fairfield, Calif.