…not the destination!
Cup Check nation here is my first rant! It’s come too early after my introduction I know, but I have to let this puppy fly! Coming home every year from a long season of dealing with the ups and downs I am always asked questions like “when are you going to be on T.V?” or in the worst of fake Boston accents “when can I get tickets to see you play the BoSox?” Usually my blood begins to boil a little when one of these questions hits my ear drums, not because I don’t like the people asking the question, but rather because for the past three times I’ve seen them they have never asked any other question. No “hey, what’s the best part of doing what you do?” “What’s it like not knowing if you’re going to have a job in April?” They usually don’t really want to know how the season went. What happened to the process? The daily process of showing up, learning how to hone your craft and moving up the ladder like most of us have to, slowly and painfully? What happened to the idea of working harder than the next guy just to get your name into the line up or take that squid’s spot that you couldn’t stand in short season ball who by the way thought he was going to be in the big’s next week?
The lessons that I have learned through the journey of the minor leagues are some that have formed me into the person that I am today. Through all the ups, downs, and in betweens there has been one constant, I never know as much as I thought I did. The journey back from Tommy John was one that I never thought would end. The days of sitting at home wondering if it was time to hang it up, surrender to the first sign of failure, or to go prove to my former organization that the Yips were a temporary setback and I wasn’t going out on someone else’s terms or. Many of us have similar stumbles in our journeys whether they are personal, physical, or internal. Use all of these stumbles as fuel to get to the destination. As baseball players we take pride almost everything we do how we train, our stats, our gear, and just about anything else that could make us stand out individually! Let’s make sure we are taking pride in the journey of achieving our ultimate goal, learning all we can along the way about ourselves, life, and any other little gem you can hold onto. When we arrive at our destination well be better off knowing that the amount of sacrifice that went into arriving was more than worth it and also have a little to pass onto the few like us!
Invest in the journey!