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.
Hi y’all! Is it September 15th ALREADY!? It really doesn’t seem possible, but here we are anyways. The Thunder are still playing ball, despite almost all of the rest of MiLB having already been done for the season 12 days ago. I know it stinks for the ladies that are back home patiently awaiting the return of their beloved baseball player, but playoffs are so exciting and I’m proud of how well our boys have been playing. We are currently in the Championship Series, and the last possible game would be tomorrow at 4:05 pm EST. But we have to get through tonight’s game first, as we are down 2-1 in the series…DRAMA!!!! We have already packed up a majority of everything that we brought here because once the last baseball game is played – we are out of here!
There is a lot that I’m going to miss when we head home; baseball games every night, this nice fall weather that we’ve been having, great friends that I’ve made this season, and even the crazy uncertainty that comes with each day of the season. But I’m psyched to get to go home and spend time with our family and friends, see our crazy fish and Pinny the hedgehog, eat at Taco Bus (I’ve been drooling for weeks thinking about eating there as soon as we get home!!!), and of course see my favorite wild birds – ROSEATE SPOONBILLS! If you have never heard of Taco Bus or Roseate Spoonbills, Google them, because they are two of my favorite things about Tampa Bay .
Since this will be my last post of the 2012 baseball season (don’t worry it’s not my last post of the year!!) I just wanted to say thank you to all of you who have followed along our journey and have given us so much love and encouragement! We are so blessed and thankful for all of you.♥
It’s best to come into the baseball business with a whole lot of patience. Just for a player to work their way through the minor league system, spending one season at each level as a draftee out of college, takes an average of 5 years (for those drafted out of high school it’s generally different. Addison wasn’t drafted out of high school so I’m not going to act like I know anything about that!). This time frame sometimes can be shortened, and there are a lucky few players who have meteoric rises through their organization and reach the big leagues at record speeds. But that is not the norm. My guess is the average 5 years to the bigs route – or more (or not at all) – is the normal scenario for any given player. Addison was drafted in 2008, and is currently playing his 5th season in the minor leagues. As you know we are not in the big leagues, just AA. So what I’ve had to learn is to have patience. Lots and lots of patience.
That “call” to the big leagues may never actually happen for us. I pray that Addison’s childhood dream will one day come true because he has worked so long and so hard reaching for it. But we are not in the driver’s seat in this world. All we can do is sit back and enjoy the ride as we await the arrival at our destination. That’s where all that patience comes in handy. Whether it’s patience with a promotion, an injury, or just to get some playing time, it is a necessity.
So let’s be real for a minute…I’m not all that surprised heaps of patience is needed when it comes to baseball. For starters, the games last an average of three hours! Major league baseball season lasts for 162 games. Minor league baseball is about 20 games less, give or take. But still, it’s a long draining season filled with very lengthy games. That patience comes in handy when you are in the dog days of summer, just waiting for winter when you actually get to see your significant other for more than a few precious hours at a time. So here I sit patiently waiting to see if our team is going to clench a playoff spot in the next few days, patiently waiting for my husband to get home from this road trip, patiently waiting for the last day of the season so we can pack up and make the long drive home.
We only have about 3 weeks left of spring training and that means moving day is going to be here before we know it! I am getting REALLY excited, but my brain is starting to go into overdrive…over think is more like it. I’ve been looking up places to live in the possible locations we may end up. I’ve been going through my clothes, which had already been drastically reduced when we packed up our apartment, and pulled out even more items that I will not be taking . And I’ve been trying to do some meal planning so that during the season I can make it as easy as possible on myself to ensure that we eat well and don’t have to resort to eating out. About a week before we leave I will get the boxes labeled “baseball” out of storage and go through them to 1) make sure I have what we need 2) make sure to leave behind things we don’t need 3) pack up the car…eeeek!! I have really, really NOT been looking forward to this part of the adventure. Thankfully there are a lot of really smart baseball wives and girlfriends out there who have been through this very same predicament and who have blogs/have left posts on the MiLB ladies facebook page on the how to’s of moving multiple times in a year. I have picked up so many helpful tips on things to bring and how to pack it all into one little ol’ car. Another thing that my brain has been working hard at, is NOT thinking about being so far away from my family. I have never lived more than 2 hours away from them, and in a few short weeks I will be around 18-20 hours away from them for the next 6 months! Thank goodness for telephones and skype so we can somewhat fill the void (and of course they can always come and visit us!!…Hint-Hint: Mom & Brian, Dad & Anna, John & Karen). So yeah, even though traveling with Addison is what I want more than anything, I have no doubt that it’s going to be anything but easy…in the words of A League of their Own, “It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard everyone would do it. The hard…is what makes it great”.