Team ROTOscouting Adds A Member
As a child, my best memories of time spent with my father were at the ballpark. From George Brett belting two home runs against the Yankees on opening day to Lenny Dykstra’s game ending home run against the Astros in the NLCS, we bonded through Major League Baseball. It was the start of team ROTOscouting.
For seven years, I waited for my son to show an interest in the game. In recent weeks, he began digging through my old baseball cards and helping me set virtual cards to play in Topps Bunt. To my surprise, he asked to tag along on a Sunday trip to Rome for Braves and Red Sox prospects.
My wife tried to talk him out of it to the best of her ability, promising Disney movies and unlimited popcorn. She was worried I’d lose my temper when he begged to leave after a couple of innings like the last time we tried to attend a game. He didn’t waver and somehow I knew the day would be different. My son Andrew was going to be a member of team ROTOscouting.
We arrived at the park after an hour drive and sat down the first base line to collect video on Red Sox prospect Manuel Margot and Wendell Rijo while talking about the players who’d eventually have their own Topps Bunt baseball cards for him to play with. After 15 minutes or so, it was time to settle in behind home plate to chart pitches.
As a member of team ROTOscouting, Drew had to earn his keep. After stealing my bag of sunflower seeds, he settled in with the radar gun and began shouting out pitch speeds. 88! 87! 36? 104! The misreads and batted balls threw him off. As we sat and discussed why breaking balls curved and fastballs were the fastest pitches, I took the picture in this post. At times it’s difficult for me to put into words why ROTOscouting exists. His becoming an honorary member of Team ROTOscouting says it all. Having never understood what “my full time job that pays no money” really was (thanks to the wife for coining the job description), he was into the game and excited to be a part of the action.
Throughout the game, a scout sitting behind us would chat my son up. It was easy to tell he was impressed!
Later, the excitement waned and he decided to chase foul balls, but the memory had been cemented. Now a member of team ROTOscouting, my seven year old scouting department is already talking about our first overnight trip.
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9 Jun 2014 / Mike Newman / 1
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