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Opening Day: when you really find out what kind of mom you have

Mar 31, 2014, 10:30 AM EDT


My friend Michele has a son named Whitaker who is into baseball. Really into baseball. Like, I can’t tell you how much he’s into baseball. He plays on a traveling team called the Central Ohio Saints. Go to that link. Of the two tall kids, he’s the one on the left. By the way: he’s 12, so yeah, he’s gonna totally be starting at first base for the Reds around the time Joey Votto retires. Or, I dunno, as you can see, he pitches too, so maybe he’ll be CC Sabathia.

The upshot: baseball is really a big deal for Whitaker and you’re probably gonna see that kid get drafted some day.

He’s also a huge Reds fan. Billy Hamilton is his favorite player. His mom is an MVP, though. Here’s the note that she sent with him to school today:


That’s right. “An appointment with Mr. Redlegs.” His mom is bailing him out of school so he can go to a party with his teammates to watch the Reds game at 4pm.

Mom of the Year.

  1. renaado - Mar 31, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    This is AWESOME !! May that kid have a day to remember.

  2. djandujar - Mar 31, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    School is stupid anyway.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Mar 31, 2014 at 10:37 AM

      I know, right?

    • ltzep75 - Mar 31, 2014 at 12:24 PM

      Work…also stupid.

  3. The Dangerous Mabry - Mar 31, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    Fantastic. Great mom.

    And I don’t meant to take anything away from how great it is by asking: How early of a dismissal is 2:30? Don’t a lot of middle schools get out at 2:30 anyway?

    • Craig Calcaterra - Mar 31, 2014 at 10:38 AM

      It varies around here. No idea.

    • bfunk1978 - Mar 31, 2014 at 11:01 AM

      My daughter doesn’t get out until 3:10. Still, for a 4PM game it’s not like she couldn’t pick him up after school and get him to the game.

      Mom of the year, regardless. That’s pretty cool.

  4. nymets4ever - Mar 31, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    So just because some kid you happen to know is really into baseball, he’s automatically a lock to get drafted and become the next CC Sabathia and/or Joey Votto?

    • renaado - Mar 31, 2014 at 10:57 AM

      LoL… Is that even possible?

    • Ralph - Mar 31, 2014 at 10:59 AM

      Who pissed in your Wheaties?? I mean, I get it…your WS hopes will die in a little over 2 hours, but do you have to be such a prick?

      • jerze2387 - Mar 31, 2014 at 11:05 AM

        The pissed in the wheaties question, shot at the mets, AND calling somebody a prick (an underused term, imo), all in 1 comment? thats the trifecta

      • nymets4ever - Mar 31, 2014 at 11:08 AM

        Uh, I don’t have the Mets pegged for the World Series – but even if I did, starting a 162-game season 0-1 wouldn’t deter me from it. Do you even know how baseball works, jackass? Haha

      • paperlions - Mar 31, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    • stlouis1baseball - Mar 31, 2014 at 1:19 PM

      Seriously Mr. Obvious? The sarcasm/tongue-in-cheek comments were lost on you? Totally lost on you? I mean…you actually think C.C. is convinced this kid is gonna’ be drafted?

  5. gosport474 - Mar 31, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    Now that’s a family with it’s priorities in order. Way cool!

  6. historiophiliac - Mar 31, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    I was partial to this tweet I saw last night:

    Anythings fair game for @MLB opening day @JustinVerlander @tigers #GoTigers #BeatKC— Chris Steinert (@chrissteinert3) March 31, 2014

  7. happytwinsfan - Mar 31, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    the kid’s also gonna find out what kind of teacher he has when the teacher decides whether or not to buy the note.

  8. kalinedrive - Mar 31, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    Nice handwriting. I bet she could sign a baseball legibly.

  9. number42is1 - Mar 31, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    uhhh… stupid question but what happens if the kids teacher reads this blog???

    • paperlions - Mar 31, 2014 at 11:41 AM

      You really think she didn’t know who Mr. Red Legs referred to?

    • stupidusername - Mar 31, 2014 at 11:42 AM

      Then they’re probably looking to get out early, too.

  10. riverace19 - Mar 31, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    Such a fun innocent story followed up by a plethora of idiot comments. Thanks for sharing Craig. And the rest of you enjoy the simple things in life.

    • dluxxx - Mar 31, 2014 at 3:45 PM

      It’s hard to enjoy anything having to do with dirtyhary1971 and nymets4ever….. Oh wait, you didn’t mean that kind of “simple” did you???

  11. DJ MC - Mar 31, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    My first game at Camden Yards in 1992, my uncle took me to a day game to see Nolan Ryan pitch. It rained during the game.

    The next day, my mom sent me to school with a note asking to excuse my absence because I was “under the weather” the day before.

    She was friends with the teacher, so she could get away with that.

  12. chiadam - Mar 31, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    The Cubs are tied for first in the NL Central.

    just thought I’d get that in while I could.

  13. clydeserra - Mar 31, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    Today is a holiday, Cesar Chavez. you should have it off anyway

  14. flosox - Mar 31, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    Ill NEVER forget the day my Grandfather took me out of 5th grade halfway through the day to catch the matinee release of Rambo!! Mom thought it wasn’t appropriate for a 10 year old; whatever mom!! Lol

    This kid will remember this day forever! It’s all about the little things in life and days like this build bonds that can’t be broken!

  15. indaburg - Mar 31, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    My mom let me play hooky from school Opening Day 1985. I got to see the Mets beat the Cardinals at Shea Stadium on a walk off Gary Carter home run. It is one of my fondest baseball memories.

    I’ll let my children do the same if I’m lucky enough to share this interest with them.

  16. janessa31888 - Mar 31, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    YAY for Baseball!!!! Finally!

  17. coffeeblack95616 - Mar 31, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    Lol, it is indeed cool. After all, what could be a better parental moment than emphasizing that fun is more important than school, which based on the grammar on these posts reveals a lot of people here had similar awesome moms.

  18. sportsdrenched - Mar 31, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    I’m totally doing this when the kids are older.

  19. yahmule - Mar 31, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    That’s a great note. By the time I was 11 years old, it was understood in my household that I would be ditching school for playoff games. By the time I was faced with the grinding reality of daily indoctrination, the barbaric practice of weekday World Series games had been halted, but if you wanted to see the ALCS and NLCS in their entirety, you still had to make some sacrifices.

  20. rcj22001 - Mar 31, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    man, this kid’s got it good. when i was a kid, i got sent to the store with a note and bought cigarettes for my mom

  21. sometimesimisscandlestick - Mar 31, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    In my household, opening day was always a holiday. My mom (who of course was a baseball fan) always let me get out of school to go to the ‘Stick. Sometimes it was with 7,000 other fans, later on – 58,000.

  22. joewilliesshnoz - Apr 1, 2014 at 5:40 AM

    Now that’s what I’m talkin about.

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