Pick-Up Game

When we were kids, we could always find some way to play a game of baseball. First, of course, you tried to round up enough kids to play some kind of regular game. If this didn’t work, then you went to your imagination and found some way to get a game going. One way was to put something in a field to represent fielders, and if a ball was hit close to it, it was an out. You could do this if you got at least 5 others to play. Then there were always the “throw a ball against something” and make a game out of that. I’ve talked about the softer balls being thrown against a step and seeing how it bounced and then calling a play from the bounce or flight of the ball. Of course, the way you threw the ball determined the resulting flight so the home team always won. My younger brother and I had a straw bale backstop so we would take turns pitching to each other and devising a game from that. Since I was three years older than him, I seldom lost. If nothing else worked, I would just try to see how much I could make a ball break or how weird a pitch I could dream up and try to throw it. No matter what I did, I found a way to play ball. Today kids play Wii or some other video game.