How was your weekend!?
Mine was great, thanks for asking!
As I’ve stated before, a couple times, I’ve decided to join an in-line hockey team starting this September, despite my apparent lack of ability at the sport. This is, of course, not going to stop me from busting my ass in order to learn all the fundamentals in the next month so I am passable by the time the season comes around. I ordered my skates today, which is a big step, and come Thursday/Friday i should be beginning my training.
I know that I’m not going to be able compete unless I adopt the philosophy of playing all-out, all the time, which is very similar to the philosophy of a number of my favorite baseball players. A number of these players may not have the talent of their peers, but they compete on the same level as them because of the effort they put in to every single play they’re involved in. Whether it’s busting down the line on every hit, never giving up on a possibly catchable ball, or backing up a base if you’re not involved in a play, these players take every at-bat, pitch, or ball hit to them like it’s the last play they’ll ever be involved in. Players like David Ekstein, Eric Byrnes, Aaron Rowand and Ryan Freel exemplify these traits to a tee.
It’s these types of players that I hold the most respect for – more than the players who put up the huge numbers or the ones who hold the records – because they view they’re sport (which is really their career) like I attempt to view my entire life. They see they’re position in the Major Leagues as a blessing, something not to be taken for granted because it’s something that so few people have the opportunity to do. I know that the abilities I’m given are nowhere near the best or the most numerous, but I try my hardest to use them to the fullest extent that my body will allow.
These players won’t go down in the history books, they’ll most likely be forgotten by most people, but they’ll feel personally fulfilled and truly happy because they know they put every ounce of their effort into what they did and as a result got a chance to do what a very small percentage of people get to do, which is play a fucking sport and get paid a significant amount of money for it. I may not get that far, but if I put that kind of effort into all the other things I love to do, I will eventually become truly happy with what I’ve done and hey, maybe I can even make a living off of one of those things.
So I’ll play. I’ll play for the love of the game. I’ll play like it’s the last game of my life… the last period… the last play. I’ll play so at the end of the day I’ll know that I could have done nothing more, regardless of the outcome.
Man I can’t wait to get my fucking skates.