Saturday, August 25, 2007

Baseball Taxonomy, Kindergartener Edition

by B. Strong

Quinn is obsessed with baseball. He's decided that he's going to be the third baseman for the Mariners when he grows up. We're encouraging this, of course, not only because of the thought of being kept in our old age in a style to which we haven't become accustomed, but because this option isn't really all that much less likely than his prior career choices: 3 (at age 2), a jack-o-lantern (at age 3), and the driver for the M&M [nas]car (at age 4).

At any rate, he spends a considerable amount of his considerable free time listing the teams. One of yesterday's lists was by mascot, and was broken down into five types: bird teams (Orioles, Blue Jays, Cardinals), fish teams (Devil Rays, Marlins), mammal teams (e.g., Cubs, Tigers), "people" or occupation teams (e.g., Mariners, Pirates, Brewers, etc.), and others (e.g., Reds, Rockies).

When he got to the Los Angeles Angels at Anaheim, or whatever they're called today, Quinn announced without hesitation, "oh, that's a fish team." I stifled a smile and gave myself a virtual pat on the back for a parenting job well done.

One wonders how he reconciles the halo on the team gear, not to mention the absence of any angelfish, with his world view.

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Comments:
I admit it: I'm very impressed.

Also a little reassured. I have a cousin who wanted to be a carrot for a while. She's getting married in about a year, so I guess she grew out of that.
 
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