Getting seriously hurt doing the one thing you love the most sucks. Add that to my injury list (click here and here to see it)! Being sidelined and waiting to heal can be horrible both physically and mentally. I can relate because, this past June, I swung a bat during BP in the cages and I BROKE MY BACK!! Seriously……Despite, training, warming up and trying to be prepared for the season – Bad things can happen. The tendon in between my shoulder blade and spine also got damaged while it pulled of a chunk of my spine from the force of the swing. I could barely walk and move for awhile. The ER docs originally thought I broke a rib and punctured my lung. Turned out that my C7 vertebra was broke and T1 vertebra, fractured. The sports orthopedic docs I saw had never seen an injury like this happen to a baseball player ever!! EVER!! They said, “It’s a real case study!” – especially, because I’m a healthy 14 yr old. Of course it happened to me, having the worst luck with injuries. So, just as the season started, I broke my back and struggled to deal with it for the entire summer. No baseball, no swimming, no canoeing, no ping pong, YES! – no mowing the lawn :) I’ve been sidelined since then and still have more time to heal fully. So, how do you deal with injury?
Accept it. You’ve just got to say, ” OK I am injured.” It happened and you can’t go back. It sounds simple, but mentally it will eat you away like I experienced. I couldn’t accept not playing and having to watch my team thinking, ”I should be out there!” I would feel incredibly angry and frustrated, which is normal, and kept saying to myself, WHY ME!! I was so upset about being injured that I could barely watch without feeling super down, not to sound like Mr. Daytime Emmy explaining the injury over and over. I didn’t even wanna turn on a Brewers game or even BLOG! I didn’t blog very often because I just couldn’t do it! Once you start to accept the fact that you are injured, you can begin to heal your body and your mind.
Set goals for yourself. Hope to feel this much better by sometime next week. Maybe you can boost your reps in physical therapy by a little bit. Hopefully you have an awesome PT guy (SHOUT OUT TO KEITH)!! Even if it is something little, reaching a goal can start to give you the mindset that you have started to heal and boost you a little.
Distract yourself. If you focus on an injury all day and every day, you mentally will drive yourself crazy like I did. Try not to focus on only what you are missing in your sport. Try something new and maybe it will catch on. Maybe even start a blog ;) ! I started to teach myself piano to distract myself, cuz it’s cool, and chicks dig musicians…….just sayin. It caught on and now I am about to start lessons. This helped me keep my mind off of my back and gave me something to do.
Be patient!!!! Let the injury heal and don’t jump in too early. To quote my PT, Keith- Omni Orthopedics, “It’s better to be 10 weeks past being fully healed then to go back one day too early and get a huge setback,” which leads to my next point. Expect some little setbacks. You just accidentally move and aggravate it a little. Or maybe a little kid jumps on your back not knowing your hurt, and you have fantasies of throwing him off a bridge – but I digress.
Being anxious and scared of re-injury is totally normal as well! I still DEFINITELY feel like this! To be honest I’ve got nothing about this one. I still am anxious and scared! Any tips?
MORAL OF THE STORY: Be patient, be willing to let your body heal, and most importantly…….BE WELL ROUNDED!!! Find out what else you’re good at, what else you enjoy and become more than what you were.
LASTLY, YOU NEVER WANT TO BE A “CASE STUDY!”
Hope you enjoyed and I hope this helps someone deal with an injury.
On August 26, 1939, a baseball game was televised for the very first time. A doubleheader between the Brooklyn Dodgers and Reds had only 2 cameras, compared to the thirteen cameras used for a Dodgers game now days! One camera was above home plate to see the view of the entire diamond. To pick up throws from the infield, another camera was looking down the first base line. About 3,000 people tuned in for this historical event.
Pics from: www.insidesocal.com, mholloway63.files.wordpress.com, pdxretro.com, and spacecoastdaily.com
This is my 150th post on Bleacher Boy! To celebrate this little milestone, I would like to share some of my favorite posts that I have written. I haven’t posted for the last few weeks since I’ve been up north fishing and vacationing “unplugged.”
Bleacher Boy Top 10
In this article I explain the importance of just getting on base by any means. My twin sister Sophie is involved because of how she helped my team win.
9. Aggressive Hitters Vs. Patient Hitters
In this two part article I break down these type of hitters and their ups and downs.
The title explains it all, I don’t think I can ever buy another jersey.
Wait…it struck again!!!
Listen to the recording of my first interview on the radio show, Rec Room Show!!!! I recommend starting 14 minutes into the show.
If I were commissioner, I would implement this performance enhancing drug policy.
This is my personal research paper outlining what steroids do to you psychologically and physically. Very disturbing results from my research.
Mr. Injury Prone here! Want to see a horrific eye injury!?!?
You don’t beat baseball, baseball beats you. This explains how truly difficult baseball is, and how to “get a grip” when playing the game. Mental toughness is everything! Like Yogi Berra said, “Baseball is 90% mental, the other half is physical.”
My favorite article! It shows how God is involved with my life. I am blessed to be able to play ball and share my passion! Credo – God, Family, Baseball!!!!!
Listen to the podcast of me on the Rec Room Show with Tim Hollenbeck right HERE! Fast forward to about 14 1/2 minutes to get to my part. Listen as we talk baseball, this blog, Dwier Brown, and MORE!!! How did I sound? The Rec Room Show is on All Radio X. My broadcast is number 97. Make sure to check out his show on his website every Tuesday at 8 Central Time!
St. Louis is crying again! I am not bashing on Adam at all. He’s a great pitcher who I respect, and yet I’m very jealous of his pitching performances against the Brew Crew. Adam Wainwright struggled in his All-Star start. So, there’s no way it could possibly be his fault…. So….let’s blame Jonathan Lucroy! Why not, right? Yea, that’s right. Cardinal fans unite and cry because supposedly Lucroy caused Wainwright’s struggle. The Cardinal fans have reached an all-time low! Did you know Wainwirght would have had the loss if Lucroy didn’t clutch hit? So it’s not Adam’s fault for pitching poorly?
Wainwright on pitching to Derek Jeter: “I was gonna give him a couple pipe shots. He deserved it. I didn’t know he was gonna hit a double or I might have changed my mind.”
He did later take the comments back, stating they were jokes. Still, read the line above, that doesn’t seem like a joke to me.
Online comments are on fire from Cardinals fans blaming Lucroy. I say, Sour Grapes you crybabies!!! If I didn’t know better, I’d say Tony La Russa is behind this conspiracy……….
Lucroy just called a horrible first inning for Waino. #BlameLucroy
— Scott Stout (@Sstout33) July 16, 2014
Dad & I both agree that Waino needs to catch Lucroy off guard & nail him in the back with a fastball.
— Lauren (@Lo_Kitty_) July 16, 2014
It’s because Yadi isn’t catching #BlameLucroy
— Nick Francis (@TheNickFrancis) July 16, 2014
Lucroy is trying to make Waino look bad
— Mitchell Cain (@CainMitch22) July 16, 2014
Lucroy was tipping pitches to hitters. It was his fault not Wainos
— Daniel Gerth (@TheDanielGerth) July 16, 2014
Seriously man!?!? Who and why would do that?
Good to see Lucroy screw over Waino #averageatbest
— Clay Swanger (@Clay_bay_bay) July 16, 2014
Come on Cardinals fans, have some class!!! Do you honestly believe Lucroy plotted to make Adam Wainwright pitch poorly? Could it really be that Adam just pitched poorly?
Shoot! I just spilled my drink #BlameLucroy.
This rivalry just got a little more heated.
On April 26, 1975, two protesters rushed onto the field with an American flag during a Dodgers – Cubs game. The two protesters stopped in center field and tried to light the flag on fire, which was soaked in lighter fluid. The right fielder for the Chicago Cubs, Rick Monday, saw this happening. He made a heroic move to charge toward the men. Luckily, the first match was blown out by the wind. This gave Rick time to courageously save the American flag from being burned as a second match was being lit. Even though this didn’t happen on the Fourth of July, this goes down as one of, if not, the most patriotic acts in sports history. Well done Rick, well done. . . Way to make America proud!
Tweet me: @BleacherBoy10
Yadier Molina, step on over, there’s a new catcher in town. His name is Jonathan Lucroy, A.K.A LUUUUUUUUUUUCCCCCCC!!!!
Lucroy beats Molina in EVERY OFFENSIVE STAT CATEGORY. That should be enough for voters. Yet, Yadier still leads in the voting. This commercial below NAILS IT! No offense to Yadier, but aren’t you sick of seeing Cardinals in the All-Star Game??? Aren’t you sick of hearing the broadcasters gush over his Golden Glove emblem on his gear??? It’s time for new blood!! It’s time for change…
So get online and help #LockinLuc!!! Voting ends at 11:59 P.M. at MLB.com.
Pics from: eallifestl.com and kat943.com
Sorry I haven’t posted for a while. Eighth grade was coming to an end and I had tons of projects to complete! Graduation was great fun and brag alert….. I even got an Academic Excellence Award from the Milwaukee Brewers! Holler! Now it’s summer and I can write, play ball, write, play ball, and ….. you get the general idea.
Two things I love came together Tuesday night, baseball and writing.
I found out that a team called the Kenosha Kingfish, a collegiate summer baseball team in the Northwoods League, plays at historic Simmons Field, less than a half hour away from where I live. This field was opened in 1920 by the Simmons Bedding company and later used for a women’s professional baseball team, the Kenosha Comets. So, I convinced my mom to take me to a game with my friend Hank! As we were walking in the park and before even reaching our seats, we got flagged down by a staff member. We were asked to play a game in the bottom of the 8th inning and I can’t turn down an invitation to be on a field. We had to catch water balloons with a metal garbage can lid. Sounds easy enough, right? Results: two soaking guys with a little dent in our fielding pride!
You think you’ve seen a cool first pitch delivery? You haven’t seen anything! This leaves MLB first pitch deliveries in the dust! You need to see Elvis, the “King,” zip line it to home plate, and no, not Elvis Presley— It’s Elvis the Kingfish mascot!
This was an incredibly fun and fan friendly game experience! The announcer was hilarious and there was nonstop on-field entertainment. This included live wiener dog races, ice cream eating contests, human bowling, and toilet bowl racing — welcome to Wisconsin. There were many fan giveaways including free pizzas and custard! Also, non-stop jams were being played all night, including a little vintage “Elvis!” The team was composed of mostly college players on summer break and despite the Kingfish loss, we saw some pretty good baseball. It was up close and personal with plenty of opportunities to share sunflower seeds and talk with the players.
The best part of the night was meeting actor, Dwier Brown. Dwier played the father of Kevin Costner’s character in one of my favorite movies, Field of Dreams (see previous review here). Dwier was a great stand up guy and generous with his time! I bought his new book, If You Build It... and he signed it for me! Meeting Dwier was a great experience. I look forward to reading his memoir about America’s love of baseball and dads — and hopefully he is reading my blog right now! Hope to see you sometime again!
So, in closing, if you are anywhere near a semi-pro, collegiate, or minor league team – I encourage you to go and check it out. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
Here’s a poem I wrote for my amazing MOM!!! Love you! HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!
My Baseball Mom
She cleans out stains
AND fixes your pains
She cheers for a bomb
Everyone loves a baseball mom
She throws soft toss
Because She’s the boss
She can always find your cup
Because she knows what’s up
She can still even play
A baseball mom, YES WAY
You think your mom is better
But does she know a table setter
She’ll find your every lost sock
And knows the ump’s calls are a crock
She shows up all men
A baseball mom is a ten
When you’re in a horrid slump
They give you a perfect bump
A baseball mom knows the way
What else can you even say
She can calculate an average
While drinking her beverage
Have you ever seen her swing
A baseball mom is the king
Yes, a king, not a queen is what I say
Plays like one every day
She can mend a glove
What’s not to love
In the dugout she wants a kiss
This is someone you never diss
I love my baseball mom