A piece on the constant and inevitable volatility of minor league life.
Hola Cup Checkers,
Oh how the seasons have changed, how they have come, dragged on, and passed all too quickly. This off season has been quite the busy one for myself from the idea of coming home with a new sense of purpose to my off season, to my recent marriage, to the change of being in a hot South Carolina summer to a cold New England winter! The fact of life is that we have to deal with change, regardless if we resist or accept the change.
Over the years there have been several instances in all of our lives where we have had to face change and make the decision of what next? Is change always the best thing? Is it something that we should fear, resist, deny, or do we look at it as an opportunity for a new chapter, a new phase of our life? I grew up in a family where change was never looked upon as something that was the last resort. I knew that when I took my first step into this journey of professional baseball I knew change was going to be something that I would have to learn to accept.
Life has changed for all of us. We have moved away from our friends, family, girlfriends, fiances, wives, and the toughest of all our beloved hounds! For some of us this change was accepted, for some it was the hardest thing that we have ever done. From the big city to a Podunk town in the middle of what the locals call “God’s country”(which we can all attest in most cases is code for sh*t hole) it is all part of the gig though boys.
For me the thought of change was never something that I wished for. I learned often and early that it was something that I was going to have to deal with. A new team, a new city, a new role, a new set of standards, change is imminent in the minor leagues. We all dream of the change from the minors to the big’s, but it is the changes that we have to make on the daily basis that are going to define each and everyone of our careers.
Making changes, adjustments, figuring it out, is something that we are still trying to find the balance that works for our style of play, our game, and our role. For some relievers it’s caffeine, smelling salts, and large periods of boredom mixed with harassing the ‘new guy.’ While for others it’s being locked in from pitch one knowing that at any minute that phone could ring.
Change can be the best thing for some of us! A change of scenery, personalities, and points of view can make the difference from a season to forget to a season to remember. I know that in my personal travels that the best thing for me was a change!
Check your McNuggets!