As March has descended upon us, it only means that we are that much closer to Opening Day.
On Opening Day, most people will see it as the start to a new baseball season. and to some, we’re just pressing play on a life that we’ve had on pause since the fall.
The start of a new baseball season is the start of renounce hope. When that day comes, every team is equal and has the same chance of reaching the ultimate goal.
But, when you sit back and think. Baseball is far beyond just a 6 month distraction. Baseball is…life.
Believe it or not, but maybe you’re the pitcher. The one who is in command. The one who knows that although you might be having a perfect game, ONE bad mistake can flip the game a complete 180. The pitcher is someone who knows that at the end of the day, it’s his name that will have a “W” or an “L” next to it, and he will accept that. A pitcher is someone who excels in pressure situations and has complete trust in himself and those backing him up. A pitcher is someone that knows that regardless of how good he was that day, the next time he needs to do better, there’s always room for improvement.
Or maybe you’re a batter, “The aggressor.” someone who is always ready for the unexpected. Life is not always fair and will not always give you a fast ball on a silver platter. Life will throw you curve balls and you might swing & miss. But a great batter are those who takes curveballs that life throws at them and makes something out of it and even if you strikeout swinging, it sure is a whole lot better than going down looking.
Maybe you’re on defense. You’re always on your toes. People see what you do on the field and you make it look so easy, yet behind that one great play there’s hardwork and dedication that no one sees. At times you will drop a ball and commit an error that might end up being the game changer. you will feel as if you’ve let everyone down. But the next time out, you learn from that mistake and execute perfection.
Lastly, maybe you’re the catcher. You don’t wait for “IT” to happen, you make it happen. You’re the one calling the shots. You’ll take some hard hits and get bumps and bruises behind the plate but that don’t stop you. Many times your hardwork will go unnoticed, but you’re okay with it. You know how to deal with different people each day, you adjust differently and like a great catcher, because of you, you make them look good. You might just be the spine of the team.
We will all have losing streaks in life. But each new day, it’s a new day to turn it around. You just need to be optimistic and positive each time out. You will be in tough situations and clutch situations. Sometimes you will deliver and sometimes fall short.
Most importantly, Life is just like baseball. You can’t win alone. It’s a team effort. A loss doesn’t mean it’s the end, it’s the start of a learning experience.
When you stop reading my blog and close the page. You’ll just go back to being a fan. Someone who sees Opening Day as a national holiday. You’ve been waiting for baseball to restart for 6 months, but little do you know you’ve been playing the game this whole time.
So, take your spot on this field of baseball. Remember any position you decided to take is fine. As long as you don’t find yourself sitting in the stands and watching the game pass you by. Knowing it could’ve been you on that field.
Each day is Opening Day, you have the same chance to reach your ultimate goal as everyone else.
Baseball is more than 9 innings.