One Day This Won't Be Your Life Anymore

One Day This Won't Be Your Life Anymore

When the game ends, remember this...
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You’ve been playing the game as long as you could remember.You probably went to over one thousand practices in your career whether they were mandatory, not mandatory or the not mandatory-mandatory practices.You know what it’s like to win a game at the last second, or win by ten runs.You know what it’s like to lose a heartbreaker, or get blown out by a team.You put in the extra hours in the cages or throwing in your yard.You put one hundred and ten percent into the game every time you stepped on that field.You’ve played every weekend in the summer and probably every weekend of the year.You played at places you never thought you would before, whether it was in another state or in a state playoff game.

The game has taught you things that you never known before.You learned what tradition meant and how important it was.You learned what it meant to put all of your being into a sport and see it pay off.You learned lessons that you can use in your life.You’ve learned teamwork, hard work, and playing for the people who got you to where you are.

One day though, his won’t be your life anymore.One day, you will hang up the jersey, and put the cleats away for the last time.One day you won’t be stepping on the field to practice or play the game you loved.The only thing you’ll have are the memories, photos, game tapes, and relationships you made.You gave so much to the game day in and day out.That game was a part of your life.It was your life, but just like most things in life everything comes to an end.

You can always love the game. You can always be around the game.One day though you won’t be able to play it anymore.It won’t consume your life anymore.You’ll have a job, a family, and other things going on.When the game ends though, don’t be disappointed be grateful.

You aren’t going to remember how many times you struck out, how many hits you had, or the scores of the games.You won’t remember how many times you got on base or how many errors you made.You will remember who you played with, you’ll remember what happened on the bus rides, or that time your teammate tripped running the bases.You’ll remember the coaches you had and how much you wanted to thank them or how much you hated them.You’ll also remember the stories that you’ll reminisce on with your past teammates around a fire one night.

You made so many relationships over your career.One day you’ll call up your past teammates to hangout and talk about all the good times you had.You’ll talk about how that one time on the bus or that one time at team bonding.

The game will give back to you.It will give back because of everything you gave to it.The game will give back when you least expect it too.It might give back by a coach giving you a connection to help jump start your career.It might provide you with the opportunity to coach a team even.The lessons you learned from the game will come in handy when you need them most.

Remember when the day comes that the game isn’t your life anymore, feel blessed and lucky that it happened.

Cover Image Credit: Caroline Showalter

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I always tell my dad that no matter who I date, he's always my number one guy. Sometimes I say it as more of a routine thing. However, the meaning behind it is all too real. For as long as I can remember my dad has been my one true love, and it's going to be hard to find someone who can top him.

My dad loves me when I am difficult. He knows how to keep the perfect distance on the days when I'm in a mood, how to hold me on the days that are tough, and how to stand by me on the days that are good.

He listens to me rant for hours over people, my days at school, or the episode of 'Grey's Anatomy' I watched that night and never once loses interest.

He picks on me about my hair, outfit, shoes, and everything else after spending hours to get ready only to end by telling me, “You look good." And I know he means it.

He holds the door for me, carries my bags for me, and always buys my food. He goes out of his way to make me smile when he sees that I'm upset. He calls me randomly during the day to see how I'm doing and how my day is going and drops everything to answer the phone when I call.

When it comes to other people, my dad has a heart of gold. He will do anything for anyone, even his worst enemy. He will smile at strangers and compliment people he barely knows. He will strike up a conversation with anyone, even if it means going way out of his way, and he will always put himself last.

My dad also knows when to give tough love. He knows how to make me respect him without having to ask for it or enforce it. He knows how to make me want to be a better person just to make him proud. He has molded me into who I am today without ever pushing me too hard. He knew the exact times I needed to be reminded who I was.

Dad, you have my respect, trust, but most of all my heart. You have impacted my life most of all, and for that, I can never repay you. Without you, I wouldn't know what I to look for when I finally begin to search for who I want to spend the rest of my life with, but it might take some time to find someone who measures up to you.

To my future husband, I'm sorry. You have some huge shoes to fill, and most of all, I hope you can cook.

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ASU Baseball Is Already Knocking It Out Of The Park

All eyes are on the Sun Devils as they enter the national poll this previous week. The Sun Devils are the last unbeaten team left in the NCAA.

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Starting off the season 18-0? Not bad, considering the Sun Devils' haven't gone undefeated at the start of the NCAA baseball season since 2010 when they went 24-0, but honestly where did this come from? In the 2017-18 season, the Devils finished off with 23-32, sitting towards the bottom of the Pac-12. Now they're the top of the conference, past the usual Pac-12 baseball powerhouse, Oregon State.

On a team with only 27 on the roster, which makes it the smallest team in the Pac-12, you wouldn't really expect such an explosive start to the season. Take a look at the improvements made, though, and you'll see why.

For starters, catcher Sam Ferri is back healthy and ready for this season to start with both pitchers Alec Marsh and RJ Dabovich, who've both thrown some great games, but if we're being honest here, have been a little inconsistent with a few errors, but have been backed up by the offense to get the job done.

On offense, Hunter Bishop and Spencer Torkelson are the ones to watch out for. Torkelson was named Pac-12 freshman of the year last year, after setting the Pac-12 freshman record of home runs. Now he's back with some deadly at-bat presence, as you can always expect a few RBIs from him, and also doing a great job at infield (#TorkBomb). Bishop's following suit, with major at-bats against Notre Dame, Michigan State, and Xavier.

Safe to say being ranked #23 right now is huge for a program that struggled majorly in the past seasons and has had some great players transfer out recently. Despite being faced with huge adversity before the season, this lineup is really producing some good stuff this year, and by being undefeated through the first month of play really exemplified that.

Hats off to Head Coach Tracy Smith for helping these young men after having the program suffer for a while.

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