Five Things You Should Know Before Baseball Season

Five Things You Should Know Before Baseball Season

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It's that time of year again. Warmer weather, longer days, and more free time. Many people like the months of spring for different reasons, but for sports junkies like myself, spring means one thing and one thing only: baseball is back. Whether you are rooting for your own school or making road trips to MLB games with your friends this summer, here are five things you should know before this upcoming baseball season.


1. Baseball is going to take up some time -- be ready.

Don't go to a game and expect to be out within an hour. A baseball game has nine innings and, typically, takes at least three hours. Some may call it boring, others might say that "good things just take time." If the game is at a low point, don't worry, even the players do certain things to keep themselves entertained.


2. Get to know the team you are watching.

The game becomes much more enjoyable if you know the teams that are playing. Study up on players and determine who your favorites are. You will also impress the people that you are with if you bring up certain statistics. Knowledge equals power and power equal more fun.


3. Be prepared.

One of the most fun things to do at a baseball game is to catch a foul ball or a home run. Even though the chances of it happening are very rare, be prepared. Bring a glove, just in case. There is no need to lose your popcorn.



4. Have a good time -- just don't be annoying.

There is nothing wrong with having a few beers at a baseball game. Just know your limit beforehand. Everyone hates that one drunk guy in the stands that ruins the game for everyone else. Don't be that guy.


5. Sit back, relax, and enjoy.

The most important thing is to enjoy the great sport of baseball. Appreciate the company, the park, and Americas Pastime. Happy baseball season, everyone!

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To The Coach Who Ruined The Game For Me

We can't blame you completely, but no one has ever stood up to you before.
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I know you never gave it a second thought, the idea that you're the reason I and many others, never went any farther in our athletic careers.

I know you didn’t sincerely care about our mental health, as long as we were physically healthy and our bodies were working enough to play. It’s obvious your calling wasn’t coaching and you weren’t meant to work with young adults, some who look to you as a parent figure or a confidant.

I also know that if we were to express our concerns about the empty feeling we began to feel when we stepped onto the court, you wouldn’t have taken the conversation seriously because it wasn’t your problem.

I know we can't blame you completely, no one has ever stood up to you before. No one said anything when girls would spend their time in the locker room crying because of something that was said or when half the team considered quitting because it was just too much.

We can't get mad at the obvious favoritism because that’s how sports are played.

Politics plays a huge role and if you want playing time, you have to know who to befriend. We CAN get mad at the obvious mistreatment, the empty threats, the verbal abuse, “it's not what you say, its how you say it.”

We can get mad because a sport that we loved so deeply and had such passion for, was taken away from us single-handedly by an adult who does not care. I know a paycheck meant more to you than our wellbeing, and I know in a few years you probably won’t even remember who we are, but we will always remember.

We will remember how excited we used to get on game days and how passionate we were when we played. How we wanted to continue on with our athletic careers to the next level when playing was actually fun. We will also always remember the sly remarks, the obvious dislike from the one person who was supposed to support and encourage us.

We will always remember the day things began to change and our love for the game started to fade.

I hope that one day, for the sake of the young athletes who still have a passion for what they do, you change.

I hope those same athletes walk into practice excited for the day, to get better and improve, instead of walking in with anxiety and worrying about how much trouble they would get into that day. I hope those athletes play their game and don’t hold back when doing it, instead of playing safe, too afraid to get pulled and benched the rest of the season.

I hope they form an incredible bond with you, the kind of bond they tell their future children about, “That’s the coach who made a difference for me when I was growing up, she’s the reason I continued to play.”

I don’t blame you for everything that happened, we all made choices. I just hope that one day, you realize that what you're doing isn’t working. I hope you realize that before any more athletes get to the point of hating the game they once loved.

To the coach that ruined the game for me, I hope you change.

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The Boston Red Sox Deserve The 2018 World Series Title

It's the ending Red Sox Nation needs.

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Ah the 2018 Boston Red Sox, where do I begin??

Since I was little, I have always been a Red Sox fan. I vividly remember being in my living room watching the intense 2004 American League Championship Series and then the World Series where Boston finally became champions, reversing the 86 year long "Curse of the Bambino." Ever since I've been a devoted fan and you wouldn't catch me dead in those dreadful New York Yankee pinstripes.

The 2018 season for the Red Sox has been wild, they don't lose. With 108 wins in the regular season, the Red Sox set a new franchise record and were the first MLB team to get 100 wins in the 2018 season. With a stacked lineup of great fielding and bats that hit like crazy, it seems the Red Sox are set to take home their 9th World Series title this week.

In the American League Division Series, the Red Sox played the Yankees and defeated them quickly 3-1. The Red Sox racked up 16 runs in game 3, where Brock Holt also hit for the cycle to add to a rough loss for the Yankees. In the ALCS, the Red Sox showed they could hold their own against the defending world champs, the Houston Astros. In game 3, Jackie Bradley Jr. made Astros fans nervous when he hit a grand slam with 2 outs, therefore winning the game 8-2. Then in game 4, Andrew Benintendi made a game-ending diving catch to make sure the Red Sox stayed ahead in the series, making all of Red Sox Nation "win, dance, repeat."

No matter what happens in the World Series, I'll always be a loyal Red Sox fan. This is post-season baseball at it's finest. Plus, it's never a bad season when you defeat the Yankees, just saying.

The 2018 World Series begins against the Dodgers Tuesday, October 23 on Fox.

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