Day 4,448 – I Rule Out “Baseball Player” as a Career Choice

ball gloveMaybe I gave up to soon. Maybe steroids would have helped – if we knew what they were and how to get them. But I was pretty sure somewhere in my thirteenth year that the game of baseball was one I would enjoy from the stands more than from the field.

There are many signs that a kid can pick up on to let them know how others see their skill. And I think even then I had a firm enough grasp of reality to know what the signs were saying.

  1. You’re picked last or in the last round
  2. You get put in right field
  3. When you step up to the plate, the other team moves closer. Except the outfielders, who sit down and take a break
  4. If you go up to the plate with two outs, your team mates pick up their gloves cause they’re about to go back to the field
  5. When you are out in the field, you hope no one hits the ball your way

I didn’t care though. I still showed up at the local park after school and we played. It was sort of a cross between the Bad News Bears and The Sandlot. It was fun and it wasn’t school.

The lesson I learned: Never be ashamed by what you can’t do. Because you can’t do it all. And it’s not always about ability, but it’s about effort. And if I had ever been in a game like this, who knows what would have happened!

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  2. BobNo Gravatar
    January 19, 2010 | 8:46 pm

    There must be something genetic involved here. For me it was going up to the plate and trying to get hit because that’s probably the only way I would get on base.
    Have a great time in Hawaii and enjoy the race.


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