It's been a very difficult homestand for the Catfish. After winning the first game of the four-game series with Rome (Braves), the second game was very difficult. But that third game, it was a real heart-breaker.
After getting down early in the Saturday afternoon game, the Catfish chipped away at Rome's lead. They finally took the lead in the eighth inning with a home run by one of our adopted players, Lucas May. The Catfish got to two outs in the ninth, but a home run by Rome sent it to extra innings, and Rome came out the victor. That one hurt.
Sunday was Family Fun Day, with a bunch of games and stuff set up for the kids prior to the game. The wife and I got a call at the end of the week asking if we'd help out. We said we would. And we did. She and I took turns making baseball cards for kids featuring their picture and running the bungie game, that's hard to explain, other than kids wear a harness, run full speed to grab a 'baseball' and get jerked backwards by the bungie cord. Lots of jerked around children and baseball cards were to be had, in addition to the pitching alleys, batting cages, and such.
Because of breaking the events down afterwards, we missed the first two innings of the game. So, when we saw an 8-0 lead by Rome, we were shocked and dismayed. But the Catfish didn't quit. They fought back, but could only manage 6 runs, and Rome added 7 more in the ninth. So, losing three of four hurt.
But let me tell you what really hurts: the players. Our players, Luke and Dan, played some real good ball during this home stand. And our former player, Brandon, made some great plays also. And, after the games, we tried to tell them how well they played. But they were more concerned about "not getting the 'W'" that day. They were not concerned about their own individual play, except how it fit into the picture in regards to the team. To them, it's all about the team.
And they are right. The big picture isn't what you do, or what awards you win, or how much applause you get, it's how you are able to contribute to help others succeed. It's about the team. Whether that team is your family, your country, or your Class A minor league team in Georgia.
They are living that every day. We need more Columbus Catfish in this world.