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Emma's son Johnny had been bugging her about
a sports team like all his friends. One
she took Johnny to the local recreational center,
they were having tryouts for baseball. She found
about the tryouts from a banner she saw
outside the recreation center when she was driving
. Baseball seemed like the perfect sport for Johnny
learn to play since it is nicknamed America's
Emma took her son to the tryouts after
. "I'm sorry," one of the coaches told Emma. "
was too young to try out for baseball.
he was six years old, he could try
for T-ball, though."
T-ball is similar to baseball
that there is no pitcher. Instead the ball
placed on a stand called a "T" because
its shape. This makes it easier for younger
to hit. T-ball games are also shorter than
baseball games. Regular baseball games last nine innings.
couldn't imagine her son standing still for nine
T-ball sounded like a good way to introduce
son to the responsibilities of being on a
team and the rules of baseball. Emma had
bring Johnny back on a different day to
out for T-ball. When she did, he was
on a team. After paying a fee, Johnny
given a uniform. Johnny looked at the back
his uniform. "Hey, look! Mom. I'm number one!"
Once Johnny started playing though, it
clear to Emma that he was not very
at baseball. He stuck with it though, and
team ended the season in fourth place. There
only four teams in the T-ball league. "Can
play again next season," Johnny asked his mom. "
, but see if you can get another number,"