Let’s talk about moms.
Sunday is Mother’s Day, which means breakfast in bed, or brunch with the family followed by whatever Mom wants to do.
Unless there’s a Little League game to go to, or oranges to cut for soccer or dance class or swim practice. Because you see, youth sports don’t take Mother’s Day off, and that’s okay with almost every mom I know. Including mine.
When I was about 7 or 8, I wanted to join my town’s Little League team. My mom made sure I had a proper glove and took me to the first practice.
“You’ve got the wrong day,” the coach told her. “The softball team practices on Wednesdays.”
“No, we’re right. My daughter wants to play baseball,” she countered.
The coach paused and scratched his head. You see, this was the 80’s in a small town in New Jersey. Up until then, a girl had never signed up for baseball.
“I think she’d be better playing softball,” the coach said and went to walk away.
My mom took a deep breath and spoke firmly: “Excuse me. You don’t know my daughter.”
The coach turned around and saw a woman who wasn’t taking no for an answer.
“Okay,” he said. “She can practice with us today. If she doesn’t like it, then she can go play softball.”
Well, I liked it. And I played on that team that year and years after. I was the only one one on the roster who showed up in pink nail polish and my coach, who finally came around to coaching a girl, nicknamed me Sarah Smiles. But I belonged on that field.
I work in a male-dominated field now, and I’ve learned that being a woman doesn’t mean I don’t belong. It’s largely because of that day at practice that my mom stood strong for me.
BECAUSE YOU DON’T READ THE PAPER...
* Stephen Strasburg struck out 13 batters last night. “When the stuff’s working like tonight, I’m just going to go out there and just throw it. And it doesn’t really matter what you throw,” he said.
* Matt Hendricks is the “heart and soul” of the Caps.
* Art Monk is the plaintiff in yet another concussion lawsuit against the NFL.
TWEET OF THE NIGHT
Got a call from a #Phillies fan who wants Charlie Manuel fired, Chase Utley traded, and Ruben Amaro Jr to step down. Reminder: It’s May 11.— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) May 11, 2012
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
Brooks Laich on yesterday’s unfortunate New York Post headline:
“Who’s in charge of the paper, and I mean, are they gonna keep their job?”
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
Nats at Cincinnati, 7 p.m. on MASN2. All TV/Radio listings are here.
GIRLS RUIN EVERYTHING
Our Lady of Sorrows Academy in Phoenix Arizona decided to forfeit its state championship matchup rather than face a team with a girl on it.
SCIENCE PROJECT OF THE DAY
Kelly Borgo tweeted this pic of her kid’s John Wall-inspired science project. Any school that would accept a chair made of cardboard for a science project seems pretty chill.