I’m getting ready to head out to our 4th softball game of the season. For those who keep track of such things, we are 0-3 so far, but hey, we’re just out there to have fun. This evening we’re playing Senator Nelson’s team at 3rd and D SE at a cool little park. It’s a pretty good field and the only trouble with it is a sidewalk that runs diagonally across the park.

We’ve got a solid lineup tonight, and the last time we played at this field, we won, so I’m feeling pretty confident. I went out and bought myself some Big League Chew just for the occasion.

I’ve played in 2 of the 3 games we’ve had so far. Here is a picture of me at the “ready” position at shortstop. One of our aces is on the mound.

UPDATE: Well, we lost again this evening, but we played a great first three innings, staying ahead until a bad 4th inning. The first pitch of the game resulted in a line drive that nearly took off my glove, but I held onto the ball. I had my worst offensive outing so far, going 1-for-4. Our best defensive inning was the bottom of the 6th where we had a 1-2-3 inning. Still, it was fun, and a bunch of us headed out for happy hour afterwards.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.