Buddy the Baseball – Buddy & Roy, part 1

The third in our series of stories about Buddy the magic baseball is about how class bully Roy learned how to watch his words and respect others.

By Steve Trout

Billy moved up to a higher level of baseball when he turned 13. This higher level meant that the competition was tougher and the players stronger. Billy prepared well by taking wrestling during the winter to make himself stronger since he was determined to be the very best version of himself. Ever since his old baseball Buddy came into his life, he dedicated himself to being the best at everything he did.

Billy’s new team had a couple of teammates who played with him from last year, but the other guys were older and had different personalities. A few players were 15, and that’s a big difference to a 13-year-old. After practice he was talking with his friend Sam when all of a sudden he was bumped from behind by another guy on his team. “Sam, did you see that? What a jerk.”

“Yeah. His name is Roy and he’s sort of a punk. Did you see the black eye he had?” Sam answered.

“He probably deserved it,” Billy said.

“I heard he’s always getting into trouble, fighting and swearing. He has a very bad reputation,” said Sam. “He bumped into me also when we were leaving the dugout to go take some infield practice.”

After practice Roy’s dad was standing at the fence waiting for his son.

 “Son, how did practice go? Did you do well?” Just then Billy and a few other teammates walked past as Roy said, “See you tomorrow, guys.”

 One of them said, “I hope not.”

“Roy,” his dad asked him, “did you get into an argument? I’ve been thinking since last summer when you were at camp and you got into trouble teasing other kids that playing baseball was a good idea. And what about that fight you had last week in school? You know we’ve been working on your temper. You have a chance of being a good ballplayer if you get along with others.”

At the next practice Roy was aggressive toward Billy and Sam. He took the bat from Sam and told Billy to go grab the ball bag and bring it to the mound. Billy told Roy that he was not the coach and to stop acting like he was running the team. Roy laughed and said, “It’s best if you just do what I say.”

Sam thanked Billy for standing up to Roy. “Man, I’m scared of the guy,” Sam said.

“Well, I’m not exactly comfortable being around him either, but if he sees I’m scared, he will treat us even worse. The guy’s a bully. I wonder if he even knows it.”

After practice Roy pushed another teammate as he walked to where his dad was waiting. Roy’s dad looked and saw the kids who had gathered around the coach. “Hey, son, do you need to be with your team? It looks like they’re having a meeting.”

“It’s no big deal,” Roy said.

 Roy’s dad thought something was not right and called the coach when they got home. “Hi, Coach Howard. I noticed after practice the team was meeting, but Roy was not part of it.”

Coach Howard said, “I’m glad you called. I was just about to give you a call. Roy’s teammates told me about how Roy is bullying and says things that are intimidating. They don’t want him around because some of them are a little scared of him.”

“Okay,” said Roy’s dad, “I will talk with him about this.”

When Billy got home that afternoon he took Buddy out of his case. “Hey, Buddy, I need you again to help out with this new team I’m on.”

 “Okay, I’m ready for action. What’s going on?”

“Buddy, we have this kid named Roy who is really mean. He even had a black eye on the first day of practice. I think he’s a bully. He’s really aggressive. Some of us are scared.”

“Did you tell the coach?”

“Yes, we had a meeting. Many of the guys said they don’t want to play with Roy.”

“He might not know he’s a bully or what he says is hurtful,” Buddy said.

“He told one of us, ‘Hey, stand closer to the ball. Maybe you will hit it.’ He taunts us.”

“Talk to your mom and dad,” Buddy suggested.

Read part 2 of “Buddy & Roy”

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