This afternoon, we’ll all be heading for Hamilton Park for Wildcat League baseball signups. This will be the first time for the boys and Hannah to play an organized sport.
From what I’ve read, the Wildcat League was started right here in Fort Wayne as a counterpoint to the overly competitive Little League. Wildcatters let everyone play, and let them play any position they want.
Well, you may say that doesn’t sound like what happens in the big leagues. And you’re right. But it does sounds like what happens when a bunch of friends get together and want to play. And since almost everyone will not play professional ball, this seems like a better way to learn the game and learn to love the game.
I’ve always liked baseball, and when I was young, I was on a Little League team for maybe three seasons. The first day on the team, I proved I was not a good player. So the coach sent me to the bench — which made sure I would not get better.
Here’s hoping the Wildcat League will at least give my kids the opportunity to play the game, so they can learn to love the game.