The Bitter and the Sweet

If you’ve been reading this blog for a really long time, you’ll know that up until April, my husband was a high school baseball coach. He was the first ever coach at a brand new academic high school, and he built a team from scratch, starting with a dozen first year students ( who lost virtually every game). By his fourth year, he’d built a team strong enough to make it to the final of the summer high school baseball tournament, where they lost by one heart-breaking run in the twelfth inning.

Four years ago, they made it to the final again, and lost.

Last year, my husband decided to quit coaching in order to devote more time to his needy family. He loves baseball, and his was well respected as a coach, so this was a difficult decision for him.

Tokushima Kita High School, the team that he coached up through the spring tournament (where they progressed to the quarterfinals, I believe) made it to the final again this summer. Today, they won the prefectural championship and they will go to the national tournament at Koshien. This was my husband’s dream. He wanted to watch the game, but he took our daughter to an orthopedic surgeon in Toyama (six and a half hours from here) for a consultation, so he didn’t even get to see it.

I talked to him on his cell phone a little while ago. He said that his feelings were complicated. I understand. I appreciate the sacrifices he has made for us, and I’m proud of him for creating that team (although he probably won’t get any credit for what they did today).


6 thoughts on “The Bitter and the Sweet

  1. Oh, that is bitter sweet isnt it! I feel for your husband. That is certianly complicated to say the least. Having said that he is very lucky to have such a wonderful wife and family that understands. I am sure the boys he coached for so many years will not forget the contribution he made to get them there.

    • To be fair, my husband has not gone appreciated. The players acknowledged his contribution in a post-game interview, and a newspaper reporter called him for his reaction. He was pretty much fielding calls from the time he arrived home, till he left to celebrate with players’ parents.

  2. That would leave anyone with mixed feelings. I’m sure he’s thrilled for them and content with the decision he made in order to spend more time with his family, but it must have been difficult not be right there as their coach or at least cheering them on. What a good husband and father though, to make the tough decisions for the right reasons.

  3. I’m glad that he’s getting calls — what a hard balance to be happy for the dream coming to life and also seeing it from a new, or different perspective than originally planned.

  4. He must be feeling a plethora of emotions, happy that they have finally got to the finals (no small feat) but sad that he just missed being part of the immediate glory. Nice that he gets to celebrate with the player’s parents though, I’m sure they all appreciate the work he put in to get them to Koshien.

    Congratulations to you too! – having a son in a baseball team, I can understand the sacrifices you and your children must have made while he was coach. Hope you have lots of great family time now that he’s at home more!

  5. Congratulations! Glad to hear your husband is getting credit. I’ve noticed that parents do tend to remember when teachers have been important in their children’s lives. And it’s good to know he is taking care of his family.

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