1. You regularly find sunflower seeds in your dryer’s lint screen.
2. You go to the store and there’s no room for the groceries you just bought because you forgot to unpack all the sports equipment from last weekend’s tournament.
3. And all that baseball equipment is probably worth more than the vehicle that it’s packed in.
4. You don’t even notice the fact that there’s an athletic cup sitting on your kitchen counter. And it’s been there for a week.
5. You’d rather use the bathroom in the woods than enter the disgusting porta-potties at some ball fields.
6. You wind up with some of the darndest tan lines.
7. When putting together Christmas cards, you can’t find a single family photo that wasn’t taken at a ball field with your kid holding a trophy.
8. You get nasty-grams from your homeowners’ association about your neglected lawn.
9. You think it’s odd when people ask your son what his shirt means.
10. You find baseballs in the strangest places.
11. You have a dozen empty water bottles rolling around the foot of your car on any given day.
12. The wildest parties you’ve been to lately were at the Hampton Inn, Courtyard or Holiday Inn Express swimming pools.
13. Friends and family members who don’t understand travel sports think you’re in some kind of a cult. But you wouldn’t have to miss so many family reunions and birthday parties if your relatives would just have them at the ball field.
14. And speaking of relatives, the parents and siblings of your kid’s teammates have become your second family. Baseball bonds are pretty strong!
15. It’s the first of June and you suddenly realize that the last free weekend you had, there was snow on the ground.
16. Your child has gone to school with remnants of eye black still on his face.
17. You have enough shirts from former and current teams to clothe a small village.
18. Your dishwasher occasionally does laundry.
19. Speaking of cleaning, you’re pretty sure you’ve killed a few brain cells scrubbing baseball pants. And you choose hotels based on their laundry facilities.
20. When tournaments get rained out, you have no idea what to do with your weekend. Most likely you’ll wind up at the batting cages with a few buddies from the team.
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