Everyone likes to win, but coming out of COVID-19 and not having Babe Ruth baseball last summer, perspectives on the game have changed.
Coaches and players strive their hardest to win the game, as the Charlestown Babe Ruth team did on Monday against Lexington, in a 3-0 shutout, but more important these days is creating a place for kids to cement friendships and make great memories, said new Coach Aaron Titcomb.
“I’m here because I played Little League and Babe Ruth and Charlestown baseball was really good to me,” he said. “I wanted to give back and give kids an opportunity this summer to play against other cities and towns. We have a lot of great talent and some kids that have never played baseball, but came out because they wanted to be with their buddies. They’re all out with their buddies having fun. Playing a competitive sport with your friends is about making good memories and you don’t get them back. They didn’t get that opportunity last year.”
So far, the team – made up of 13 to 15 year olds from the Town – has a record of 3-3-1 with a great win on Monday night, and a tremendous comeback against Arlington, scoring nine runs to tie it up and get the tie.
This year, Titcomb – joined by Coaches Gregg Poole, Jordyn Tanguay and Zuskin Gambaro – said they have a rotating lineup where everyone gets to play, and the mood in the dugout is very upbeat as everyone remembers not even being able to take the field last year.
So having any kind of game is not an expectation, but a gift, and a chance to have fun.
“The game against Arlington was just a fun game to be involved in,” said Titcomb. “We didn’t even tell them the score until after the game. The kids are having fun together. Every kid is going to get to play, and every kids is going to get their time to bat and play in the field. It’s not just a couple of kids. The way they have come together is great. Some of them didn’t even know each other before, but they’ve all become friends now.” The team plays in the B Division of Babe Ruth, and frequently plays teams like Arlington, Medford, Lexington, and Watertown.