Hey, Tate, what's your favorite thing to do?
How do you play baseball?
To bat or glove?
We'll say bat. How do you bat?
Well, when you swing, you gotta step, um, into it, like your foot, over 4 inches of homeplate, because you are 8 of homeplate. And when you swing, you got to step into it. And when your hands are right here, you just stay there and you can hit it if you step into it.
Wow. That sounds intense. What about using your glove?
If you really want to catch it good, you put your hand on the back of your glove so you can really squeeze it. To throw it, um, if you catch it when they, um, hit a line drive, then put your hand there and you can squeeze it. To catch a grounder, then do the same thing just put your glove on the ground. Even you can do that, Mom.
Sounds like you know a lot about baseball.
Yep, I do. Well, there's still some more if you want to know some more.
Well, tell me...
If you're catcher, you stand on your feet like this and stand 12 feet away from the bag. And you put your glove right by your face and your other hand back away. And you catch it if the batter strikes out. Then you need to throw it back to pitcher.
Wow. 12 feet?
Well, maybe 13.
I don't really know a lot about shortstop, so I can't teach you that. But, I, um, I think you just squish your knees down to catch it.
You don't really need 'em. You only need them for a wooden bat so you won't get splinters. I just wear 'em to look cool.
You are pretty cool, Tate. So who's your favorite team?
I have two. The Yankees and the Cardinals.
Tate, do you love baseball?
So who is going to win your game tonight?
Us, of course.
What do you think the score will be?
18 to 2.
I hope you play well tonight.
Oh, don't worry. I will.
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