When Ben plays sports he continues to wear his pump. When he plays hockey he tucks the pump into a slit that Jeff cut open inside his hockey pants. Ben loves it because no one can see his pump, and no one ends up asking him annoying questions.
When Ben plays baseball it is a little trickier to hide his pump. Last
year he just clipped it to the waistband of his baseball pants. When he
wore his pump this way everyone in the stands could see it. Parents would
always ask, "Why is that boy wearing a pager?" And kids would always
point it out and ask questions.
This year when the baseball season started Ben decided to clip his pump to the
waistband of his baseball pants again. But instead of completely tucking
in his jersey he would leave some of the shirt untucked and cover/wrap his pump
with the hem of his jersey. In the end his jersey would only be half
tucked in (which technically is against little league rules.)
Ben's rule-breaking-pump-disguising baseball uniform went unnoticed by any
little league umpires this season ... Until today.
Today while Ben was up at bat, the umpire called timeout and asked Ben to tuck
in his shirt. I was sitting in the stands and could not hear their
complete conversation, so after the game I asked Ben what happened?
Ben explained, "The ump asked me to tuck in my shirt. I lifted up my
shirt and showed him my pump. And told him I like it this way."
I asked, "What did the ump say then?"
Ben chuckled and said, "The ump said' "WHOA what is that?” I told him
it was a pump. He then said, "Oh ... oh OK then." That's when I
blushed. I felt my face get hot. I don't think that has ever
happened to me before."
I assured him he had nothing to be embarrassed about. He had handled it
like a champ.
Ben then said, "It didn't bother me too much. I still hit a