Why I Decided to Join Odyssey As A Student-Athlete

Why I Decided to Join Odyssey As A Student-Athlete

And my life as a student-athlete
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I recently decided to join Odyssey and become a writer. I joined because I want to try and do everything I can to help others have a better understanding of student athletes. While it will not be the only thing I write about, I want to show people what it is like to go through the everyday life of a student athlete like myself.

I play baseball at Seton Hall University, and I often see people talking about how much more privileged student athletes are than other students. While in some cases this may be true, there are certain things many people do not seem to understand that I wish to shed some light on. As far as the everyday routine, to some of the more complicated aspects of being a student athlete, I plan on filling people in with what it takes to be a student athlete. I also joined the odyssey because I simply enjoy writing. I wanted the opportunity to be able to write about anything I want.

I have grown tired of being told to write countless essays in school that I simply do not enjoy. Joining the odyssey gives me the opportunity to write about the things I enjoy most: sports, and I look forward to doing so. I feel many people do not understand sports, in the way the athletes who play them do. People have their own passions, whether it be music, entertaining, writing etc. Doing things like this helps you to acquire certain skills and learn certain life lessons through them. Many athletes have been part of many teams throughout their lives and they take away many things from their experiences. One of my goals is to share with people my personal experiences through my baseball career.

Baseball has taught me many lessons and has given me the best times of my life. For those people who have never been on a team before, join a team, it will give you a lifetime of friendships and experiences that you will remember forever. It doesn't need to be a sports team, but a group of some sort because it will open up so many more opportunities for you in your life. I hope to open the eyes of the non-athletes and those who are not the biggest advocates of sports, because it is more than simply a game. It is a lifestyle, and it is the best lifestyle there is. I look forward to continue writing about this and helping people recognize the significance of this sport and all sports not only in my life, but in all athletes lives.

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To The Parent Who Chose Addiction

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Thank you for choosing your addiction over me.

Throughout my life, you have always chosen the addiction over my programs, my swim meets or even a simple movie night. You joke about it now or act as if I never questioned if you would wake up the next morning from your pill and alcohol-induced sleep, but I thank you for this. I thank you because I gained a relationship with God. The amount of time I spent praying for you strengthened our relationship in ways I could never explain.

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The amount of hurt and disappointment our family has gone through has brought us closer together. I have a relationship with Nanny and Pop that would never be as strong as it is today if you had been in the picture from day one. That in itself is a blessing.

Thank you for showing me how to love.

From your absence, I have learned how to love unconditionally. I want you to know that even though you weren't here, I love you most of all. No matter the amount of heartbreak, tears, and pain I've felt, you will always be my greatest love.

Thank you for making me strong.

Thank you for leaving and for showing me how to be independent. From you, I have learned that I do not need anyone else to prove to me that I am worthy of being loved. From you, I have learned that life is always hard, but you shouldn't give into the things that make you feel good for a short while, but should search for the real happiness in life.

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The White Sox Are An Incredibly Hard Team To Watch This Season, I Mean, YIKES

Although it's still a "rebuild," there need to be some results for us to hold onto.

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The 2019 preseason hype for the Chicago White Sox was tremendous. Fans and players alike were electric for the season to start. Fans thought the team would get Manny Machado (didn't happen), and the young talent was on the rise. I may have had unwarranted expectations for this team because I always hope for the best. I have been a fan of the Sox for well over 15 years, and I'm only 22. We haven't been a good team in about a decade, yet every season I am optimistic that this team will get it right. In 2019, through 11 games (3-8), I am once again filled with disappointment. This has been a difficult season to watch so far.

Where to start. Well, I had extremely high hopes for Yoan Moncada, Tim Anderson, Carlos Rodon, Reynaldo Lopez, Lucas Giolito and Eloy Jimenez. Many of the players on this list are underperforming so far and it pains me. Rodon, Lopez, Giolito, and Jimenez don't look comfortable. The pitching is horrendous and the power is missing. I will give Jiminez a pass for right now because it's only his 11th game but only one extra-base hit through 11 games? Come on, where is that power? Tatis Jr (the one that got away) is lighting up the baseball in San Diego (with Machado...).

The positives come from Leury Garcia, Yoan Moncada (kind of) and Tim Anderson. Garcia has no power whatsoever but he manages to get on base, and that is what our lead-off man needs to do. Moncada had a massive few games but quickly cooled off after his 6th game. He looks a bit more comfortable at the plate and seems okay at 3rd. He's still developing and his improvements show, which is good. The strikeouts are coming back though, and only time will tell if he learns from last season. Tim Anderson is the only consistent piece in this lineup. His bat is electric (highest batting average in the MLB as of April 10th), and he just looks comfortable. Without him, we may not have won more than one game.

The underperformers are really killing this team. I mentioned the starting pitchers already, but almost everyone else looks horrible. The bullpen, aside from 2 players, look lost. We have given up 53 runs in the last six games. That is almost 9 runs a game! How can any team win when giving up that many runs? Jose Abreu (aside from power), Yonder Alonso, Yolmer Sanchez, Daniel Palka, and Wellington Castillo look as if they shouldn't have an MLB jersey on. These players are a combined 18 for 153, or batting .117, with 9 of those hits coming from Jose Abreu. Those numbers are beyond horrible.

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