With basketball ending last weekend, I took Jack to his first baseball practice for the 2008 season. This will be Jack's sixth season of organized baseball. After playing AA last year, he is moving up to AAA this year.
Jack was drafted by the Padres. The Padres are coached by the same coach and assistant coach as his AA Mariners team last year. At the baseball try-outs last month, we ran into his coach from last year who said that he was planning on trying to draft Jack. There are four kids from last year's team, the two sons of the coaches, Jack and one other boy.
Jack played mostly shortstop last year. This is the point in little league where kids start to focus on one position. When the coach asked all of the boys what level and position they played last year, I did not hear any of the other kids say that they played shortstop.
Sharon and I were both hoping that he would get a chance to shortstop a lot this year. It looks like we are going to get our wish. It appears that the coach drafted Jack specifically to play shortstop. During the first two hour practice, Jack played the entire time at shortstop and handled probably more than 40 balls.