Carter is in his second year of organized baseball moving form T-ball last year to coach pitch this year.
He is really enjoying it and has been practicing at home with one of those nets that bounces the ball back to you and I've even taken him to the local diamond to work on hitting.
His little league team is of course the White Sox even though we're technically a Cubs family on my wife's side. I'm a Cubs fan too but since I adopted the team and didn't grow up here it's not as deeply rooted for me.
But for Carter's first big league game there was no question we were going to Wrigley. I surprised the whole family with tickets on Christmas morning and a few weeks ago we took in a Sunday day game against the Pirates.
The kids were able to get on the field for batting practice and enjoyed the excitement of the park. Carter was riveted by the game itself, especially all the stats on the scoreboards…yes the new ones.
After she ate everything possible, Evie lost interest in being there and the surprising heat didn't help and we left in the fifth inning despite Carter wanting to stay.
So, clearly he loves playing baseball. He loved being at the park and watching live. Then the Cubs were on TV a few days later and did he want to watch? Absolutely not. Too boring.
Now, his favorite sport to watch is Blakhawks hockey...which is pretty darn exciting on TV.
However, he also watches soccer on weekend mornings sometimes with rapt attention. Soccer!
He watched part of the Detroit IndyCar race this week.
Big league baseball? That's boring.
I'm not one to say it isn't. I'm slowly getting used to watching baseball again as the Cubs look good this year. Otherwise I never found it all that thrilling to watch on TV either. I loved going to games just like him as a kid too. But when it came to rooting all season long…well that never happened for me.
I'm not sure it will happen for him either.
I don't know what major league baseball can do to keep another generation interested in the game. They lost a lot of my generation and the game is no faster these days either for a generation that for good or bad is growing up even more tech addicted than ever. The appreciation of the pace of baseball is pretty hard to explain to a kid who can build a complicated world in Minecraft faster than some innings in baseball take to finish.