When Mom Can’t Pitch

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Our trips to the local batting cage began with an aberrant pitch (mine) that connected rather solidly with Matt’s forehead a few years ago.  No amount of pleading on his part could bring any subsequent pitches within the three foot safety zone my horrified brain immediately froze into place around him.

I finally suggested the local batting cage, theorizing that mechanical beanballs would be less psychologically traumatizing than maternal ones -and so began our summer treks to Westerville Golf Center.

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We were already fans of the lushly landscaped miniature golf courses and the ice cream vending machine in the Pro Shop that transports each frozen selection via a suction hose.  Prices are quite reasonable with plenty of weekly specials for those interested in deeper discounts.  The hand-lettered sign with weekly promotions is local commerce at its best and attracts a well-mannered clientele of families, dating couples and groups of friends.

At the batting cages, $5 buys 84 pitches, 14 at a time.  $10 wields 14 tokens and almost 200 pitches; plenty for an evening outing for Matt and a friend or two.  The eight cages feature a two-wheel ball shoot for a more consistent pitching experience than many kids will have with their enthusiastic, under-skilled parents who are (most definitely!) better with spirals than curve balls.

What are the favorite summer hang-outs where you live?

Updated from September 11, 2009.
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10 Comments to When Mom Can’t Pitch

  1. Trisha Pearson

    LOL I wouldn’t be able to pitch again either after hitting my son in the head with a baseball!

  2. “aberrant pitch” ?

    Ahem, I believe the proper baseball approved term is “wild pitch”. Sounds like a blatant attempt to soften the violence.

  3. LOL however what a great place for me and my grandsons to go to in the future. Glad your having fun..

    Dorothy from grammology
    grammology.com

  4. Trisha: There’s a definite “flinch factor”!
     
    Bob: Guilty. In my defense, this same son hit me in the eye with a mini football this past week when I was looking the other way. Also, an accident. ~Guess we just have that sort of relationship…?
     
    Dorothy: You would definitely be the coolest grandma on the planet to get your grandkids to a batting cage (ask for helmets if the kids don’t have them)!

  5. Bring Back Pluto

    Wow, you’re multi-talented!! You can pitch too?!

    Soon your roles will be reversed, and you as the pitcher, will be in danger. You’ve come up with a welcome solution!!

    And they are fun!! I love them myself.

  6. Come on…. (smile)!

    Three questions….
    Did you hit him with your fast ball?
    Did he charge the mound afterwards?
    Do you take a turn at bat when you go to the batting cages?

  7. Bring Back Pluto: Me as pitcher? Not so much… I’m much better with a football, where a bad pass means I hit a passing car or the mailbox, not my kid’s head!
     
    Intrepid: 1) I have three pitches: under, over and “uh-oh”. He got the “uh-oh”, but come to think of it, it was too fast for him to duck. I must be good, huh? 2) I think it was the other way around; stricken mother charged the stricken batter. 3) Sometimes I’ll go a few rounds with the softball pitches. It’s kind of an informal reflex check-up (and occasionally, very welcome therapy!)!

  8. I never played such game. But I can guess how fun it is the whole family play together. I think he will only remember a sweet memory. 😛

  9. Giggles…..
    Boy, you sure keep things interesting around your place. It must be great fun being a kid with you around.
    Remind me not to take any of the “Uh-Oh” pitches.

  10. iWalk: You’re right. Much of the fun comes with doing it together.
    Fortunately, Matt and I are mutual fans of one another, so my wild pitch is just another bond between us!
     
    Intrepid: You should see our morning football passing before school -we’ve only knocked down one picture in three years (oops; probably shouldn’t have said that).
     

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