10 Things About Softball That Are Hardest For Girls To Leave Behind

10 Things About Softball That Are Hardest For Girls To Leave Behind

A mowed outfield; perfect dirt; crisp, white lines; and a fresh, neon yellow softball... yes, please.

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I haven't played softball since I was in high school. While I don't necessarily miss the hours upon hours of pitching practice or the bad umpires, the things that I do miss highly outweigh those.

1. The pristine field on game day

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A mowed outfield, perfect dirt, and crisp, white lines... yes, please. Not to mention a clean softball that practically glows.

2. The smell

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Okay, this sounds weird, but softball has a smell. To this day, sometimes I will walk outside and it will smell like softball. Whether it be the smells from a fresh spring that comes at the beginning of the season or the smells that come with sweltering July and travel ball, all players know what I am talking about.

3. The bus rides

These bus rides may have been a little cramped and hot and uncomfortable, but they were amazing for team bonding. Whether it be finding the perfect pump up songs or taking unflattering pictures of those that are sleeping, to this day, those bus rides are still vivid memories in my mind.

4. The circle

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At the beginning of the inning, the infield would get together and pump each other up with good luck or simply make a joke to lighten the mood. As a pitcher, I especially liked it, knowing that my team had my back.

5. Throwing a perfect pitch/making a perfect play

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This is what we work towards every day in practice. This is the reward we seek from running through plays over and over and over. So when it finally happens, there is no better feeling. A perfect change up that had the batter swinging two weeks ahead, amazing. The execution and team work of a double play, incredible.

6. Getting thrown a meat pitch

Being able to swing at a pitch that you like is perfect and often results in a show of your strength. Take advantage of those gifts from the opposing pitcher and knock it out of the park.

7. Having "your number"

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I think this is an overall athlete thing. It seems silly, but once that number is one the back of your jersey, it becomes a part of you. You want to do it justice and feel a camaraderie with everyone else that has that number. (My number was 11 and my favorite athlete is Cole Beasley from the Dallas Cowboys... guess what number he wears?)

8. Being physically fit

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Softball, or any sport really, helps you stay in shape while doing something you love. Often, or at least for me, I didn't really see the benefits until after I stopped. Now if I want to stay fit, I have to go to a gym... gross.

9. Winning a well earned game

Winning a game in general is spectacular, but winning a game that was close or a game that your team worked its butt off for is something even more special. This also applies to beating a rival team, too.

10. The celebration

The joy after winning a game is infectious. The bus ride back is filled with an energy about it that allows your happiness to be magnified and your inevitable soreness to be temporarily forgotten. If I remember nothing else about high school or softball, the joy of winning a game and celebrating with my team will always be my favorite part.

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A Playlist From The iPod Of A Middle Schooler In 2007

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Something happened today that I never thought in a million years would happen. I opened up a drawer at my parents' house and I found my pink, 4th generation iPod Nano. I had not seen this thing since I graduated from the 8th grade, and the headphones have not left my ears since I pulled it out of that drawer. It's funny to me how music can take you back. You listen to a song and suddenly you're wearing a pair of gauchos, sitting on the bleachers in a gym somewhere, avoiding boys at all cost at your seventh grade dance. So if you were around in 2007 and feel like reminiscing, here is a playlist straight from the iPod of a middle schooler in 2007.

1. "Bad Day" — Daniel Powter

2. "Hips Don't Lie" — Shakira ft. Wyclef Jean

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3. "Unwritten" — Natasha Bedingfield

4. "Run It!" — Chris Brown

5. "Girlfriend" — Avril Lavigne

6. "Move Along" — All-American Rejects

7. "Fergalicious" — Fergie

8. "Every Time We Touch" — Cascada

9. "Ms. New Booty" — Bubba Sparxxx

10. "Chain Hang Low" — Jibbs

11. "Smack That" — Akon ft. Eminem

12. "Waiting on the World to Change" — John Mayer

13. "Stupid Girls" — Pink

14. "Irreplaceable" — Beyonce

15. "Umbrella" — Rihanna ft. Jay-Z

16. "Don't Matter" — Akon

17. "Party Like A Rockstar" — Shop Boyz

18. "This Is Why I'm Hot" — Mims

19. "Beautiful Girls" — Sean Kingston

20. "Bartender" — T-Pain

21. "Pop, Lock and Drop It" — Huey

22. "Wait For You" — Elliot Yamin

23. "Lips Of An Angel" — Hinder

24. "Face Down" — Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

25. "Chasing Cars" — Snow Patrol

26. "No One" — Alicia Keys

27. "Cyclone" — Baby Bash ft. T-Pain

28. "Crank That" — Soulja Boy

29. "Kiss Kiss" — Chris Brown

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30. "Lip Gloss" — Lil' Mama

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16 'Golden Girls' Quotes That Are Still Golden In 2019

Blanche, Dorothy, Rose, and Sophia..four unique middle aged women from different backgrounds under one roof.

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One of the greatest shows of all time (at least in my opinion) is Golden Girls. I was not born yet when it first aired in 1985, but thankfully it is on Hulu. Here are just some of the many quotes from the series's seven-year run.

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