Baseball parents looking for non-daddy ball team that will treat their son like they would
LANSING, MI—Two baseball parents are enduring another frustrating summer as they search for yet another travel ball team for their son—his fifth team in as many years. David and Julie Sanders are sick and tired of the “daddy ball” they’ve been seeing in travel ball, and are looking for a team that will finally value their son’s mediocre skill set as much as they do.
“We’re just so sick of seeing all the coach’s kids play the best positions, pitch the most innings, and bat in the middle of the lineup all the time,” explained Julie. “Why can’t they see that our kid is every bit as good as the other boys? Sure, his stats aren’t as good as everyone else’s, and he’s not particularly good at any given skill, but he’s our son so he deserves to play. We just want a team to treat our kid like we would.”
When asked why they don’t just start their own team if they really want their kid to get the treatment they think he deserves, they shook their heads, claiming that that would mean perpetuating the “daddy ball” they detest. “We just want the benefits of daddy ball without it actually being daddy ball,” David clarified.
Their son, Jeremy, has now played for a different team every year since starting travel ball five years ago as an eight year old. Sadly, the Sanders family still hasn’t found a coach willing to favor their kid enough. This year, they’re hopeful things will be different.
“We think we finally found a team that will allow our kid to be the main pitcher and bat in the middle of the lineup.” The Lansing Sparties are a new team, started by Jeremy’s best friend’s dad made up of players that are trying baseball for the first time. Jeremy will be the most experienced player by far.
“It’s perfect for him. He might not get any better or improve his work ethic on this team, but at least he’ll play. And that’s the most important thing.”