The following is a conversation that took place between me and my son on the way to school this morning:
Caden: Mom, did you know that John Smoltz got hurt last night and that could be really bad for the Braves? He's like one of the best pitchers.
Me: No, I hadn't heard. What happened?
Caden: Well, you know what a suicide squeeze is, right?
Caden: Well, they had a suicide squeeze and the runner got into a pickle and when Smoltz tagged him, his hand got caught on his arm and he jammed his pinkie finger and it might be broken. That would be so bad for the Braves. He's turning 40 tomorrow, too, and he's still really good.
Me: Yeah, losing him would be bad for the Braves.
Caden: Did you know that Barry Bonds admitted to using steroids and cheating on his wife?
Me: No, I hadn't heard that either. I figured he'd used steroids but I'm surprised he actually admitted to it.
Caden: Well, I think Curt Schilling might've told on him so I think he had to admit it. Do you know who Curt Schilling is? I think Bonds also did something bad with taxes or something.
Me: Yes, I know who Curt Schilling is. Wow. I'm still surprised that he admitted it.
Caden: Yeah, and we face the Giants next so I wonder if he'll play in the game against us. I'm dying to see if he plays tonight.
Me: Me, too.
This from my 11-year-old who follows baseball and the stats just like a professional sports broadcaster. Obviously, he also keeps up with the gossip, too. Although I can't verify whether he has the Curt Schiiling and wife cheating part correct, I assure you he at least thinks that's what he heard them say on the TV. If he doesn't end up with a career directly related to professional baseball, I'll be shocked! He loves the sport and knows it well. I think he would make an awesome manager for the Astros one day or he'd look awfully handsome and knowledgeable sitting behind the ESPN sports desk every night!