The past year or so has seen a shift in the things I fall asleep thinking about. For the majority of my life I;ve spent a good portion of my me-time thinking about hitting, pitching, fielding, and just a whole slew of situations that could happen on the baseball field. Now, those thoughts have seemed to turn into visualizing snatch and clean and jerk technique. Over and over and over again I think about snapping under the bar with a solid catch. I'll tell you all what, my mind really knows how to lift that barbell! Now all I need is my body to follow. Oh, and by the way, all the other moments are filled with too many ideas and crazy fantasies about living out movie situations. Yep!
But as of about a week ago I've found myself thinking more and more about baseball. Could me my new-found excitement in watching the MLB (these playoffs are AWESOME!, GO NATS!), could be that it's just been so long since I played. All I know is that I miss the feeling of walking to the plate, or running in from the bullpen, or feeling the ball connect with the bat, or knowing the pitch is going to fool the hell out of the batter as it leaves my hand. Baseball is such a complex sport, so much acute athleticism needed, so much skill, and so much intelligence. It's just flat out fun.
The picture above is of me pitching for the Pensacola Pelicans, an independent minor league team down in Florida that I played on for two seasons. It was a crazy couple years. I lived with host family (an awesome group of people I stay in close touch with still today), I got payed next to nothing. I worked out, I watched a ton of movies, and I spent my late afternoons and evenings on the ball field doing my thing. It was so much fun. That being said, I knew I was done when I left the game, and I walked away with no regrets. But that does not mean I don't miss it. And these days I've been missing it a ton. Do any of you have that sort of thing happen to you? Have something that was really meaningful in your life just all of a sudden come back to you and sort of haunt your thoughts for a period of time? I think it's kind of nice sometimes, but only if you're able to reconnect with that something in some way. And right now, with my big move coming up in only one day, I don;t really have the time to get out to the field and get my baseball fix. I know that I'll find a way to do that the second I get out to CA, but its an interesting feeling to have. I find myself wanting to set up some trips to tryouts next spring, just to see what could happen. And why not, right? I wouldn't do it as a pitcher, shoot man, I honestly have no idea if my arm could handle more than about 10 pitches at 100%. I did always think I was a better hitter than pitcher, and I made to pro ball as a pitcher; so maybe I have a shot? Ah, it's all just wishful thinking and day dreams. But, at the same time, it's kind of in my nature to just go out and do stuff if I feel like doing it. So, let's all just wait until spring hits and see what happens...
Big Good Bye post coming tomorrow!
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