Have you ever looked up the odds of a person playing baseball at the professional level? Let alone the odds of making it to Major League Baseball? WHEW, those numbers are insane. I read that a high school baseball player has about .5% chance of playing pro baseball – and that does not mean making it to the bigs. Of course the percentage of college ballplayers who go on to play pro is much higher (around 10%), but only because the pool of college players is a lot smaller than the pool of high school players. With each level advanced in the minor leagues these men are defying incredible odds, although, some do have better odds than others. I found an interesting article by Mike Rosenbaum from 2012 that looks at percentages of players who make it to MLB based on what round they were drafted in. First round draft picks reach the big leagues at a whopping 66%, and as you might have guessed the percentage drops rapidly from there. Addison was drafted in the 17th round, where only about 11% make it to the show. Any normal person would look at these numbers and feel defeated just seeing how unlikely it is to fulfill their lifelong dream, but if there is one thing I have learned in this whole baseball process it’s that these athletes are some of the most resilient and determined people on the planet.
Thinking about all these numbers doesn’t scare me one bit, they actually give me hope. Addison has already overcome tremendous odds to get to where he is at this very moment. I can’t even express the amount of pride I have for him every single day he goes out on that field and literally battles to make that childhood dream of his a reality. Only God knows where we are going to land in our baseball journey. Maybe it’s MLB, maybe it’s not. Truthfully it doesn’t even matter, because we will always know that he gave it his all.
Writer’s block is the pits (especially when you are trying to be a good blogger and post more often). But I have another very special feature on one of those super talented blogging baseball wives that I started to tell you all about last month coming up soon, so get excited! Spring Training is going really well, and I can’t believe that we are only two weeks away from real live baseball season.
Nope, I haven’t started packing yet.
Nope, I don’t have a clue where we might be starting the season yet.
Nope, I’m not concerned at all.
So that’s really it for now, just one last thing…I heard this song after dropping Addison off at the field this morning and it really spoke to my heart. I just wanted to share it with you all because I love everything about it.
God works in mysterious ways. There is no doubt in my mind about that. This whole morning I have felt restless and a little bit uneasy. Could it be the fact that today is the first “official” day of Spring Training for Addison, heralding the beginning of a very long baseball season? Why yes, I think so. It’s not that I’m NOT ready for it, I really am and I’m even excited to start going to games again. But way down deep I feel a pull at my heart. It is an all too familiar feeling that I get a lot during baseball season. Since I’ve been feeling this I’ve worked hard to keep myself busy in an effort to avoid it. I’ve already cleaned, paid bills, organized some stuff, and checked my twitter feed a zillion times. If you know me, you know I’m not all about the cleaning and organizing thing…so what gives? Well, I finally sat down and read today’s women’s devotional from Baseball Chapel and it all kind of clicked.
I’m feeling lonely.
Ugh. It’s not even like it’s been that long since I’ve been alone. Addison has just been at camp for a few hours and he will be home again in a few hours. I really don’t even think that it’s a present loneliness that I’m feeling. It’s like I’m prepping for loneliness to come. With baseball season comes moving to an unknown place, spending most of the day by myself, and being left alone on long away trips. Anyways that really isn’t the point here. The devotional talked about the differences between loneliness and solitude. I have always viewed my aloneness as loneliness, and I would constantly try to fill it with fluff…TV, internet, shopping, etc. But I don’t have to be lonely. I don’t have to seek out ways to cure myself of that loneliness. I just need a new perspective.
I can enjoy my aloneness by seeking ways to better myself and further my relationship with Christ. There is no reason to feel lonely when I’m alone, because I’m never really “alone”. My goal for this season is to seek out times of solitude, enjoy them, and make the most of them. I know I was meant to read that particular devotional today of all days, and I’m thankful for the comfort only the Lord can provide me.
I’ve got something to tell you all officially, that I’ve had to keep secret for a little while. It actually has been public news for a few days now but I just wanted to tell you for myself too ! Addison was extended an invitation to big league spring training!!!!!! I am beyond excited for him to get this opportunity, because the man has worked so hard for it. So now we REALLY can’t wait for spring training to begin. Which is very, very soon by the way.
Yet another year has passed since my birth and I’ve just turned 24 years old last Saturday! What everyone says is true about birthdays coming faster and faster as you get older and older. Oh well, I’ll just sit back and enjoy what each and every year brings my way. So the hubby was out of town but he did send me some very pretty flowers to start my day. Later two extra special ladies took me out to a winery for some wine tasting and dinner at a vegan restaurant in a cute little town called New Hope in Pennsylvania. New Hope is a great walking town with a lot of unique shops and restaurants. We went to the New Hope Winery, which is set up in an old barn and offers tastings for just $7.00. Their wine was great and I ended up bringing a bottle of their Pink Catawba home because I liked it so much! After our wine tasting we headed over to a really awesome vegan restaurant called Sprig & Vine. They have a very small menu packed with seasonal and local foods. We ended up getting several small plates to split between the three of us so we could try an assortment of their goodies. Everything was delicious, especially our chocolate mousse and tiramisu that we had for dessert. I absolutely love finding a place like that which proves that you don’t have to eat any animal products to have a perfectly yummy well rounded meal!
Speaking of eating animal products, as you may or may not know I am a vegetarian who sometimes makes an exception for fish and other seafood. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about it and I am going to consciously try to completely cut it out of my diet. I’m telling you this so all of you can help hold me to this effort! I’m sure I will be fine though because I definitely don’t crave a big hunk of fish meat like I craved (and still do crave) a barbeque pulled pork sandwich. Being a vegetarian in our society isn’t easy. I like eating meat BUT I love our furry friends and I don’t agree with the treatment they are subjected to all because of the outrageously high demand for meat products in our country. But enough of that (I could honestly go on and on…but then you meat eaters wouldn’t like me so much anymore ).
Last night Addison hit his first homerun of the season!! It was an exciting game that was won in walk off fashion. Games like that are why I love baseball and don’t mind going to games basically every single day! Other than that things have been pretty slow here up North, the Trenton Thunder are off on another road trip for four days to Richmond, Virginia. I’m busy planning things to do for when my Dad and his lady Anna come up to visit me in a two days! I am so excited to finally see them after almost two months. That’s all for now from me but if you want to read a really funny story, check out this post on my roomie Camille’s blog. It’s sure to give you a laugh at our expense .
P.S – The apartment we live in is quite possibly haunted. Where are the Ghostbusters when you need them?