My little boy Trot took his first two steps on his own today, and of course, I was at work and did not get to see it. He's almost 10 months old now, so he's been pulling up and holding onto things while walking for a little while now. But today, he took the first 2 steps of his life today. I'm just mad I did not get to see them.
Like any baby learning to walk, he's got his battle scars. I don't think at any time in the last 3 months or so he has not had at least 2 bruises or knots on his head. We've had busted lips, scars, knots, and even a fall down the stairs, so I know it's toughened him up. It is really something to watch unfold before your eyes: starts off with sitting up, then pulling up, then sorta balancing like some extra large bobble head for awhile, then what happened today: his first step on his own.
It won't be long now, and he'll be cruising all over the place. Which is great: the downside? He and his brother are going to be hell on wheels. Rakes is a BIT of a handful and just imagining the havoc the two of them will wreak makes me weak in the knees.
Watching the season last year was a lot like watching a baby go through that progression of learning to walk. The Red Sox started the year with a lot of young players: Craig Hansen, Manny Delcarmen, Jon Lester, and Jonathon Papelbon. Like my boy, they had their falls, bumps, and bruises. And like any time you put several babies together, some will get the hang of the walking faster than others. I'd say Papelbon picked it up quick, along with Lester, while Hansen and the others had a few more scrapes and bloody lips. I guarantee it toughened them up though.
This year, the plan is to start the season with Dustin Pedroia starting at second base. He came up late last year, and had his struggles. He showed enough to management that they seem confident he'll be OK. Sure he'll have his moments where he looks like he's gonna careen off into the wall, but he'll straighten himself out.
It's gonna be fun watching my boy get better at walking every day.
Gonna be fun watching the younger Sox players do the same.