I Believe in Softball
I believe in competition and comraderie.
I believe in brackets, bubble gum, and bang-bang plays.
I believe that attendance and preparation win games.
I believe there is more to being a good batter than just being a good hitter.
I believe in being relaxed on defense until the batter lifts his front foot.
I believe it's ok to use defensive shifts to play the odds and head games.
I believe in taking my turn to coach the base across the field from our dugout.
I believe in checking on the condition of injured opponents.
I believe players should applaud opponents after they make great defensive plays.
I believe players get better with age.
I believe 40-pound curls are better than 12-ounce ones.
I believe taking winter BP with a cheap bat helps to hit summer homers with an expensive bat.
I believe in running out routine grounders and lazy fly balls, no matter how frustrated I am.
I believe it is better to be a smart base runner than a fast one.
I believe in scoring from 3rd base on a double-play grounder or from 2nd on a very deep fly.
I believe in the nervous anticipation of a play at the plate.
I believe in the quiet buzz in a dugout when the defense is underestimating a batter's power.
I believe in the magical moment of recognition after contact on a "no-doubter" home run.
I believe in catchers who talk junk and pitchers who throw it.
I believe in infielders who think getting dirty is part of the job description.
I believe in fast outfielders who do not hug the lines or play too deep.
I believe rattling bats can wake them up, and uncrossing them can avoid bad luck.
I believe in wiping the morning dew off a ball, and squinting into a sunset.
I believe I'll see a 3-6-1 double play again someday.
I believe in saving an equipment catalog until the next issue replaces it.
I believe photos, autographed balls, and scorebook pages can be better than trophies and t-shirts.
I believe there is no off-season, just a longer wait until the next game.
I believe in the butterflies of opening day and the long drive home after the final game.
I believe in a small child in an oversized jersey retrieving Daddy's bat.
I believe in showing appreciation to your family and friends who came to watch you play.
I believe in thanking the umpires when the game is over, regardless of the score.
I believe the final score is part of the overall experience.
I believe in enjoying games in the twilight and respecting careers in theirs.
I believe in softball.