The Singing Slugger

April 20th, 2012

My son Ethan is batting over 700 at this point in his baseball season. (772 to be exact).  When Ethan told me this, I didn’t really know what it meant. I figured it must be good, but I didn’t really get exactly how it was good until Ethan explained it to me.

Very slowly.

As if he were speaking to a small, inebriated child.

They’ve played eleven games so far.

He also got a very small part in the musical that he auditioned for in our small town.

He has baseball practice and musical rehearsal five days a week.

His days are long and full.

A few days ago his baseball practice didn’t begin until 4:30, so Ethan brought a few friends over to the house to hang out until practice started. While the boys played video games in the basement, I whipped them up a batch of oatmeal chocolate chip cookies because whenever I see a pack of young men, I have an uncontrollable urge to stuff them full of food. I am sure this is some kind of primordial instinct.  Human survival has probably hinged on the female need to feed the young for millenia.

So I made them cookies and then I called them up to the kitchen to eat the cookies.  Ethan got out some milk.  There wasn’t very much milk left, so he carefully divided it among three glasses for his friends.  Then it was time to take them all to baseball practice.

We loaded up in the car.

Ethan sat in the front seat beside me while the two other boys sat in the back.  He fussed around with the radio and the CD player until he came across the sound track for the musical he is currently rehearsing. (The director gave him a copy of the songs to help him learn them). Ethan started to play the CD of his musical and to loudly sing along complete with fully engaged facial and hand movements. He turned to face his friends in the back seat as he sang. He sang to them the hit song of Guys and Dolls “Sit Down You’re Rocking The Boat”

His friends laughed at him.

His mother laughed at him.

But Ethan just kept on singing.

He’s a bit of a one-off, our Ethan.


  • Clay:

    When I was reading this, “bucolic”, came to mind. I have only a vague notion of what the word means and had to look it up. The definition I liked best was, “a pastoral poem”. Close enough.

  • Cactus Mom:

    I have a 9th grade athlete (ice hockey) who has just found the thrill of acting/musicals. He is just finishing up 8 performances of Guys and Dolls. He would have joined right in with Ethan!! His role was in the mission band as the trombonist and also as a dancing Cuban customer. He is absolutely loving it! :)

  • Darla S:

    Many levels of awesome!

  • Kait:

    Well, now I still have no idea what it means. I have only ever heard the expression “batting a thousand” and had no idea what that means either. Obviously you get more than one point for a hit.
    One thing I do know, you have some good boys there.

  • Linda Joan:


  • Jessie S.:


    It means that he gets a base hit 77.2% of the time he gets up to bat. Batting a thousand would mean you get a base hit 100% of the time.