By Mike Oseguera
July 11, 2012
The textbooks and backpacks will be tucked away for the next few months. It is time to play ball! Countless baseball games will take place daily this summer. Little League all-stars, Pony all-stars, American Legion ball, collegiate summer ball, high school summer ball, travel ball teams, showcases, camps, MLB , independent ball, adult baseball, “old-man” softball, the list goes on. Everyone always prefers Game Day over practice. Game Day everyday used to be only for the professional players. They were the lucky ones, “Living the dream!” Slowly however, everyone else got to play more, and More, and MORE and MORE games!
Game Day gives you all the extra bells and whistles that practice and training just don’t. The walk up songs, fresh-cut grass, chalked lines, food vendors, hecklers, stats, results, the media glory (or shame) and of course the lights. It is easier to wake up on Game Days. Your adrenalin pumps, and the sweat just doesn’t seem as noticeable as it is does during gym workouts. Baseball is a fun, beautiful, exciting, ever-teaching game. If you play it the right way it will reward you; put you on top of the world. Sometimes if you play it the wrong way, it will reward you; forgive you even. Once you start playing baseball the relationship starts to grow. And it grows fast. Before you know it you are in love with it. A full on relationship. But at some point baseball will humble you. Not by being cruel, mean, or malicious. But it will challenge you, out of mutual love of course. Like with any healthy relationship you have to work at it, nurture it, and take care of it. Baseball isn’t just here to be your high school girlfriend. To sit in front of you and tell you how you are the cutest (staring into each other’s eyes). Squeezing your bicep only to ooh and ahh. “No, you hang up first… ok ok at the same time!” Baseball is that true love relationship that makes you feel great, yet motivates you to be greater. But it’s not always roses. And it can’t always carry the hype of Game Day. So you have to know how to make each day great; to make today great. The fresh honeymoon stage won’t last forever 😦 (Leake will make fun of me for sad face). However there is a way to sustain that fire and grow that flame. Luckily, if you are loving baseball the right way, it gets even better.