Last year was the first year Max played baseball, and I was shocked at our first game, which was Opening Day for our league. When I was little, our baseball league was several teams with three fields, one of which was down the hill and rained out any time it sprinkled. Where we live now, baseball is a BIG deal. Opening Day started off with a fly-over (what?!) followed by high school choir and JROTC team performances, and it boasted bounce houses, a rock wall, a band, and food trucks. It was insane!
It might have been because of how awesome Opening Day was that Max decided baseball is life. This year’s Opening Day is still a few weeks away, but in the meantime we have been reading any and all baseball books we can get our hands on.
Two books Max received for Christmas are part of Cal Ripken, Jr.’s Hothead series: Hothead and Out at Home. Here are Max’s thoughts on each of them:
Out At Home by Cal Ripken, Jr. is 208 pages. The main characters are Mickey, his team and coast, Abby, and his dad, who is his coach. The setting is the baseball stadium and Mickey’s house. Mickey is a catchr who loves baseball. His pitcher hurt his arm, so his coach found a new pitcher who called himself Zoom. But Zoo was a big idiot/jerk. So the coach benched him so then Zoom realized that he had to be a team player. I love this book so much!
Max gives Out At Home five snacks:
The other book I read was Hothead by Cal Ripken, Jr. It is 144 pages. The main characters are Conner, his team and coach, his dad and mom, and Melissa. The setting of this book is on the baseball field and Conner’s house.
Conner has a very small temper, so when he fails on the field he flips out. Eventually, his coach says that if he flips again then he’s off the team. He’s about to do it! But he saves himself and they win.
Max gives Hothead five snacks:
As a special treat to celebrate baseball season, enjoy a free printable Baseball Word Search, courtesy of Education.com.
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