A Belated Goodbye To Eric Hosmer, I Feel Like I'm Saying Goodbye To My First Love

A Belated Goodbye To Eric Hosmer, I Feel Like I'm Saying Goodbye To My First Love

How do you send off a baseball player who took your breath away?
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I would like to try something here if you’ll let me. You see, I tried to write a goodbye to a baseball player who felt like an old friend two months ago when he did not sign a contract with my team: the Kansas City Royals. I tried to write it again a month ago when I first saw him in a Padres jersey and not our royal blue on opening day.

I tried to write the goodbye a week ago when I got back to Kansas City and didn’t see the three-story banner labeled with “Eric Hosmer #35” hanging from the top of Kauffman Stadium. I’m trying to write the goodbye right now, and the only luck I’m having is writing about all the times I tried to write it. Let me just take a minute, dig a cleat into the box and take a breath. That feels good. It feels familiar.

Alright, friend, if baseball isn’t your thing, you don’t have to stop reading. I swear to the Baseball Gods (the same Gods who bless a spring day without rain delays and send wind drifts that carry the ball over the fence) that I will not make any (more) references to the sport. Think of Eric Hosmer in this narrative as your first love back in grade school, and I promise it will be topical and worth your ear.

Ready? Here we go, back to this familiar breath I just took. The first time I took that breath, I was ten rows away from a ballplayer I tried so hard to hate. He was the hot-shot, pretty boy from Miami joining our baseball team’s starting lineup, and I was the equivalent to a high school theater dork, who wore t-shirts that were two sizes too small. But, the guy tried so hard to continue standing where he stood.

Do you know that kind of person? The ones that, no matter where they are, will try to show you that they belong there? They don’t do it because they feel the need to fit in. Trying to fit in was for people like me. They do it because they know that any good they can do in the world is just a few steps in front of them. They think to themselves, “I might as well take the steps.” I saw Hosmer take those steps play after play that day.

The second time I took that breath, the person who I hold most dear had taken me to see him play again.

“Hosmer reminds me of you,” she said. “He looks like you when you wear that hat, and everyone who commented on the Instagram picture of us agrees with me.”

Who was I to disagree? I took that breath again when he brought the city I love a championship. I took that breath again when he had his last at-bat as a Royal.

And here I am: breathless, trying so hard not to be. For anyone who does not understand baseball references, allow me to share some insight into the game; if you wait for the game to make a decision for you, you can’t play the game. Hosmer chose to take the steps to somewhere else and find another way to do good.

I would like to thank him for the good he gave me. Thank you, Hoz. I’ll see you on the Diamond and will forever crown you as a Royal. Let’s try to take this breath together one last time. Here we go… one… two…That feels good.

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It's Time We Gave Collegiate Bands The Same Respect As The Football Team

Collegiate bands are unfortunately overlooked and under-budgeted by their universities. They receive little appreciation, despite being such an important aspect of a college community.

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It's a beautiful day in the middle of October, and you're at a college football game. You see the sun shining down on a sea of fans, everyone wearing the home team's colors. The smell of hot dogs, pretzels, and other greasy food drifts through the air, as a cool wind blows against the back of your neck. But what is it that you hear? Overpowering every other sound in the stadium, the band is blaring their brass horns and beating their drums. Invisible but everywhere, the music fills the stadium when the team scores, excites the crowd when the game intensifies and provides the soundtrack to your favorite college traditions.

Now, imagine that game without the band. No one is there to play the fight song when a touchdown is scored, or play a victory tune when your team wins. Yes, there would still be music, but it would only be generic pop stuff playing over the speakers. It wouldn't be the same, because you don't get to experience that special kind of energy that comes from live music. Unfortunately, the band does not get enough credit for what they do. Compared to an athletic team, the band is typically overlooked and under-budgeted — especially by the universities themselves.

While the university is busy pouring all money and attention to athletics, the band is left to scavenge for support. Athletic teams receive millions upon millions of dollars, while the band gets next to nothing. My university's band has resorted to requiring each member to raise money on their own and selling $1 chocolate bars, because they receive so little funding. Just a small cut from the athletic budget would make such a vast difference in the lives of the band members. And it's not like the band doesn't deserve it - they most certainly do, with how much they add to a college community. A college without a band is like a belt with no buckle. With no band, you'd be missing a key piece of unity during a game.

The band and athletic teams work just as hard as the other, and both spend so much of their lives committed to their craft. Just like a football team, the band devotes several hours of their day to practicing. Similar to a basketball team, being apart of the band requires precise coordination. Like a soccer team, it is necessary for the band to have high endurance. And as it is with any type of athlete, it is obligatory for each member of the band to value hard work and determination. And must we not forget, the band is at nearly every sporting event, plus more. Unlike several sports, band is a year-round activity — there is no "off-season."

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5 Most Underrated Sports People Should Consider Watching

The common five sports that are underrated.

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There are sports that get more attention than others. That is because of the amount emphasis that people put on particular sports. There are some sports that are underrated because some people don't understand the sports or they think that it is just boring. Today I am going to address some of the things that people say about the common five sports that I think are underrated.

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Golf is so underrated as a sport. I have heard all kinds of reasons why people don't watch golf. They say it's boring and hard to watch, it takes too long for a round to be played, and no one can watch golf for 3 hours. As a person who watches a lot of golf, I can offer some insight into the sport.

The people who say golf is boring I have found don't know about golf. They don't understand the scoring or they don't know a lot of the golfers. It is easier to find a golfer or golfers and follow them. I found it easier to watch once I found golfers (86 to be exact) to follow and watch.

2. Racing

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There are many forms of racing; NASCAR, INDYCAR, IMSA, F1, etc. If a person really understood and looked there is a type of racing for everyone. If you like a variety of racing or racing tracks than INDYCAR is the type of racing for you. If you like road courses and street courses than F1 and IMSA is the racing for you. If you like motorcycles, guess what Moto GP is the racing for you. It is an intense and exciting form of racing using motorcycles. There is also supercross which is also as cool as Moto GP.

I know that people believe that racing is too long but if you think about it all sports are over 2 hours longs (I.e., football and basketball). Once you find a type of racing that you like or find interesting it is easier to watch racing. The time does not mean anything because if you think about it all sports are long. If you use they go round in circles all day, well basketball and football run up and down a court or field all day. It is the same amount of strategy and mental preparedness that goes into racing like any other sport.

3. Hockey

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Yes, hockey. Unfortunately and fortunately it has to compete with football and basketball. Not just professional football and basketball, but also college basketball and football. Hockey is another sport that can be long. If you don't live in the big cities than it gets hard for the hockey teams to compete.

Hockey is a fun sport because of the exciting play and the rivalries in hockey. There are a lot of rivalries from the Original Six to division/conference rivalries.

There is not only ice hockey, but also field hockey. Field hockey does not get enough recognition because people commonly confuse it with lacrosse. Its nothing like lacrosse, it more like ice hockey in a sense that there is a good amount of body contact in field hockey as well.

4. Baseball

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Baseball takes TOO LONG!!! But baseball is action packed and has great rivalries. As a person who grew up in Connecticut, I know rivalry. The rivalries within New York and the rivalry with Boston. As a person who had two older brothers who played baseball, it has been my whole life. I can honestly say that baseball can be fun and interesting. You have learned about the sport and pick a team, and once you do that you will enjoy it.

5. Archery

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I know what everyone thinks when they hear archery, summer camp. But as a competitive sport, it is actually really fun. From the longbow to the compound and recurve bow, the sport, which you learn how to play, is really fun and entertaining. The scoring and the technique of the sport is pretty self-explanatory.


There are a ton of sports that are underrated, but these are the five common ones that I hear people talk about. People do not watch these sports because they do not understand the sport or they are not aware of the most popular people in sports.

I know when I first started watching and following these five sports I looked up with are the most popular people in that particular sport. I found the team or player that I liked in each of these sports and fell in love with the sport. I am a person who loves all sports (I have to in order to fit into my family), it just these sports get a bad rep and I wanted to address it.

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