This year is Samuel's last year in little league. It seems like yesterday he began playing in the Junior Giants program in Jack Farrell Park in EPA. This year, after some coaxing from his head coach Bruce, I decided to be an assistant coach. The last time I coached was when Sam was in pitching machine league about three years ago. I've been pleasantly surprised how much fun this has been. The Ravenswood Kubs have a real shot at the league championship this year, after struggling over the last few years. They are a great group of kids.
Samuel has been on a tear in his hitting lately. He's batting lead off and for the last three games has been smoking the ball. Yesterday he batted three times, with a single, double and his first home run in little league. (In pitching machine league he once hit for the 'cycle'.) But this home run was no cheap shot - it cleared the center field fence in the deepest part of the yard. Thanks to Coach Bruce and others for searching for the ball. Samuel's the starting catcher this year and occasional first baseman. He'd love to pitch, but he hurt his arm in winter ball, so he's had to let that go for now.
Baseball has been fun this year. If you're in EPA on a Saturday, come by MLK park and catch a game. Of course, you must root for the Kubs!
I had to leave an excellent board retreat for One East Palo Alto to attend the game yesterday. I agreed to serve on the OEPA board earlier this year. The board is a group of passionate EPA residents who work tirelessly to serve the community. I'm honored to serve with them. While I hated to leave the retreat - I'm glad I got to coach the Kubs and see Sam swing for the fences!