Well, thanks for asking about the kiddo, jd…that was a very interesting roller-coaster of a camp.
We decided to do a road-trip, just him and me making the 300 mi drive down the day after Christmas. (With 5 hours of non-stop 3 Stooges jokes, assorted impolite baseball stories, and closed-vehicle farting in store for the trip, I can’t understand why Mrs. laflippin didn’t want to make the trip… :oops: ).
There were a lot of guys there, 8 full scrimmage teams in all, so, over the 4 days of the camp each pitcher got one or two innings in three different scrimmages.
Flip, Jr., did okay in his first two appearances but he wasn’t entirely happy with them either–call it a mixed performance. Anyway, his scrimmage team went 1-1 and ended up playing their final game on the final day of camp in the losers bracket at an alternate field in Compton. So…the game starts up and the team coach decides to use Flip, Jr as the closer so he’s sitting and sitting and sitting and then it starts to drizzle. And then it starts to rain, and then the game is called without the kid getting a final chance to make an appearance.
We were wet and cold and several private F-words might have been uttered on our way back to the bus, but okay…this stuff happens, and no one can control the weather.
I drove back to USC and the kid went back on the team bus. I arrived first and settled down to watch the end of the championship game between the 2 unbeaten scrimmage teams at Dedeaux, where it was not raining.
So, given that he had been in a fairly sour mood last time I had seen him, I was surprised to see the boy grinning ear-to-ear as he dashed off the bus at USC and headed for the bullpen. Turns out his team coach (Coach JK from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo–thanks, Coach!) had phoned ahead, and got the okay to get Flip, Jr an inning of work in the championship game! Man, that was nice–he didn’t have to do that!
So, the boy went into the top of the 7th, game tied, and got a FO to LF on his first pitch. Second batter hit a ground ball to 3rd base but an E3 put him on 1st. Third batter hit a single to shallow RF, also moving the runner to 3B, so now the kid’s got some pressure to deal with. During the 4th AB the 1st base runner takes 2B on defensive indifference but Flip, Jr. prevails with a SO. Two out, runners at 2nd and 3rd, tie game…the 5th batter dribbles a little comebacker to the mound and Flip, Jr. gets it done, 1-3. Sorry, other than that I just don’t remember any details… :lol:
Then, the boy’s newly adopted team pushed a run across to win it in the bottom of the 7th. WP: Flip, Jr. (many fist-pumps and a loud YES!!!).
The road-trip back was almost unbearable…every pitch was discussed endlessly, the 3 Stooges joke-fest resumed at full strength, and all of the anti-social car-farting and bold-faced lies about who was responsible for these outrages also recommenced.