Friday, February 20, 2009

Opening Weekend - College Baseball has begun!

Charles and I just had to be there....The first time that Josh walked on the field in a college uniform on a division one college team was important to share. So many practices throughout the years, so much travel, so many bumps and bruises and now the dreams of a little boy playing college ball for Josh has been realized. He called us last night while we were on the way to tell us that he received his newest uniforms and they were "awesome". Awesome? You bet!! What made them special to Josh is that the uniform FIT!! With a 6'5", 235 lb body, fit has always been an issue. His new pants are tailor-made and they are long enough and big enough to fit! The pride of wearing a Samford uniform represents so much.....It's the reward for thousands of hours practicing when no one was watching, and doing the mental and physical conditioning that is required along with lots of persistance and dedication. As they played the national anthem tonight and I saw Josh standing on the sidelines in line with the team, the emotions took over and my eyes filled with tears....I am proud of both of our boys for the men they are becoming and this is an important part of the journey for Josh. He has worked so hard to get to this place, and this is the just the beginning of the next stage of his life.

Tonight, Josh sat on the bench with all the other freshman, just happy to be in the dugout. The game was a good one against Kennesaw State. The score stayed close all evening, but Samford won in the 9th, 6 to 5. It was a great way to begin the season! Right now, Josh is scheduled to pitch on Sunday, so we are hoping to see him play.

As he goes into his first college season, we know that it will require an extra level of focus and determination. I am sure that resolution will be tested as they play 5 games a week for the next 3 1/2 months. It will take discipline on and off the field, especially with his academics in order to have a successful spring. Josh knows what it takes and he is up to the challenge.

Josh - May God bless you and keep you safe. We are praying for you and know the Lord will go before you. Dad, Chad and I will be behind you all the way - cheering you onward!

Go Bulldogs!! We are your #1 fans!!

2 comments:

Angie Ledbetter said...

How handsome! Your baby will do great with all that solid home support.

My 18-year-old played baseball through high school, but I don't think he'll play at LSU.

Angie Ledbetter said...

Um, friend, time for a post update! LOL