GOSHEN -- Some empty bleacher seats remain along the third base line of Field 1 at Pringle Park on Saturday as the Goshen Cubs play the Bristol Cubs, but that’s not where Ricardo Garcia and his wife Sanjuana watch their son, Tony, pitch.
The two proud parents instead opt to stand just past the bleachers in the area just further down the line. They lean up against the fence, giving them a clear view of their 12-year-old right-hander in his third year of baseball. Their elbows extend just over the ridged yellow plastic barrier separating spectators from the field of play.
“Alright! Way to get out of the inning!” his mom yells.
This is a Little League contest, and while both teams’ players and parents want to win, there’s more of a focus on having fun, learning and enjoying the game of baseball than there is the score. The red Coca-Cola scoreboard in left field doesn’t even reflect the score of the game. Parents walk up to the scorekeeper in the dugout to learn the score.
Tony, an all-star last year and this year, had allowed some runs in the inning as his parents, admittedly nervous, watched from their spot.
After Tony allowed some runs earlier in the game, it was Ricardo who calmly walked over toward the dugout and told his son to stay relaxed.
He only wants one thing from Tony: go out and have fun playing baseball.
“Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose,” he said. “As long as you have fun.”
Ricardo recently took a job in Milford and the family moved. He said Tony had the chance to play baseball over there but instead chose to keep playing in his hometown of Goshen.
“He said, ‘My heart belongs to Goshen,’” Ricardo said. “That’s fine with me, as long as you have fun.”