It’s that time of year again and it’s one of the best times if you ask me. The flowers are starting to bloom, the sun is shining bright, and the wind is warm enough to enjoy instead of dread. It’s that time of the year when many wake up early to enjoy the morning sunrise on their porch, smell the fresh cut green grass and the night is ended with balls and outs … yep it’s baseball season! What did you think I was going to say Spring?
This past month I have heard and seen a certain quote over and over since baseball season has started and I believe it is one of the truest quotes I’ve heard recently. It reads “In baseball, as in life, all the important things happen at Home”. Home is where the heart is and home is where the game begins. Baseball and life have so much in common, to be successful in either a person must be prepared to work hard, practice harder, and love the most. As the local senior athletes prepare to graduate I would advise that they always remember what they have learned on those baseball diamonds for those lessons will help them succeed in life, because baseball can teach you a lot about life, especially learning how to master it with your own happiness.
Life throws a lot of different balls at you and like standing at home waiting to swing, sometimes that ball isn’t a straight shot. There will be times when you’re thrown a fast ball that is so quick it’s gone before you’ve even had a chance to swing. Just like life sometimes things are thrown at us so fast that we can’t even process what’s happening and we just have to wonder if that really happened. There will be times when you’re thrown a curve ball out of no where and your reaction isn’t want you want it to be causing you to get a strike. Life throws a lot of curve balls, some good, a lot bad, but all with a lesson and a chance for you to learn to correct your swing. There is also the balls that knock the mud out of you. The ball that your ready to hit, but the next thing you know it’s hitting you. Life throws quite a few of them too, but sometimes as Walt Disney once said “you may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you”. Getting knocked down forces you to get back up, to decide to fight or fly, and in the end will determine what happens next in your life. That knock in the head may be just what you needed to finally hit the ball out of the park.
Hitting the ball out of the park, now that is one of the best feelings in the world for a baseball player. I remember my one and only hit out of the park, unfortunately it was at softball practice and not a game, but nonetheless I still remember the pride and happiness I felt when I hit that perfect pitch with the perfect swing, and for one moment life was perfect … actually bittersweet. As the next few weeks pass by, much to quickly for numerous parents, I encourage all athletes to take the time to give a quick wave to the younger sibling cheering in the stands, to kiss your mother goodbye before school, and to listen to the stories that your dad tells you, for these moments will be gone before you can blink an eye. Like in baseball, home is where it all starts. Home is where you were given your first taste of pure love, home is where you were given your first chance to take that swing, and home was where you learned all the important lessons that will guide you in life. And like baseball, after you have hit the ball and the bases are loaded, home is where it will all come full circle. Remember as you spread your wings to fly, whenever your heart is torn, home is always where your roots are.
So as many of the local seniors put on their cleats for the last time, slide into home for one more dirty pair of pants for mom to wash, and roll their eyes as their dad’s coach from the side, remember to treasure these moments for they are few and once gone they will be gone forever, only leaving with the memory of what was. I will end with a quote from Tommy Lasorda, “There are three types of baseball players: those who make it happen, those who watch it happen, and those who wonder what happens”. Like those three types of baseball players, there are three types of people who live in this world: those who live life, those who watch life, and those who wonder what happened to their life. Be the one who lives life and in that you will always find happiness.