Friday, January 11, 2008

For the LOVE of the game!



We had our first open gym for the 2008 Royal Softball season on Wednesday. My fingers as well as the rest of my body are finally at a point where they are not in too much pain to type or do the other necessary things in life.
But geez it was fun. Ever since Addison was born, I have had this crazy itch. Like I have gone long enough without it and I need it back now.
I even have dreams about it all. The first one, the BYU coach called and said that I needed to start the game on Friday. That my uniform was in the locker and I needed to play. Even in my dream I remember thinking "I have not picked up a ball in like a year and a half and they want me to start?"
The second dream was the U of U calling to say that they started a graduate program and they wanted me to come play again. They would even schedule my practices around Addi's naps. Am I crazy, or do I just miss it too much!
I dont even want to coach! When I went to the gym the other night, I was less concerned with what the girls could do as I was when I was going to get to throw. Finally they all left and I made one girl stay behind so I could pitch. Ya, a stupid 27 year old who had a baby 9 months ago (still needing to lose 9 months of pregnancy) and I was out there pitching like I played the next day.
Oh, it felt so good! Even though after the first pitch the pain in my arm was incredible; even though ever time I picked up Addi yesterday I let out a little wimper, it still was amazing!
Does it never leave? This feeling that I just want to strike out one more girl?
So here is my solution: I am forming a league! I want to start a league that has no age limit. Thats right, anyone can play! Just think of it, all us old folks that still think they have something to prove can come to Roy, Ut once a week and play. Come on, it will be cool! We can play and then sit around for the next hour talking about how many muscles we pulled. And I am NOT talking about slowpitch. I cant play that damn game. I was a pitcher for crying out loud, what is there for me in slowpitch! This will be the real thing! So fun! Do I have your support? If not, just remind me that I am 27, have an adorable baby and need to clean my house more than I need to 'clean house' with my quickly diminshing rise ball. Either way, thanks for listening to my lament about the game of the past. sigh.

16 comments:

MyR said...

I freaking LOVE YOU! I giggled through this whole post because...well...I've been there! I tried to throw last school season and it was bad - really bad - but it was SO FUN too!

Jolley Family said...

I'm in! When I come visit Utah, or move back I'm in!!! I LOVE YOU :)

Laura said...

You are pretty funny Mandy! I really suck, but I would play once a week, and I know the Jacksons would be in!
I played basketball last night and it was a sad sad thing! But I loved the excercise!

Lisa said...

It will never go away, you will just get that awesome feeling everytime you do get a chance to play. At least that's how I feel with volleyball. I have played on a league the last couple of years and it is so fun!
But, holy crap, this took me back a couple of days! Can you believe how many YEARS it has been since we were those little girls running around in the gym? Crazy. I don't feel like all this time has gone by.
Good luck with your Roy league. I don't think I will be in any condition to play (not that I have any skills in that sport).

tiny said...

I have been there! I still have dreams about playing softball. I think it is a part of us that will never die. Afterall we lived and breathed it for how many years?!?!

millisue said...

I'm totally in... this time instead of picking slivers out of out behinds we can be the ultra dominaters! Lets just try to recruit really fat and old people. I really miss those days too Mandy. They were the best. RTFTO!

Jennica said...

That would be so awesome and i'm afraid so comical. can you even imagine? i'd be leaving the kids with rob every night for the next 3 months trying desperately to get in shape. maybe that would motivate me? you should do it, we'll move, and i'll play with you again. i would love that. ....oh, and i hate to be the one to tell you this, but aren't you 28? Do i not know this, did you skip a grade you brilliant saint teacher you? maybe i'm wrong and a year older, and that much closer to 30 which sucks. anyways, loved the thought.

Lori said...

Oh Mandy, I was laughing through this whole blog. My kids were saying what is wrong mom. So funny. I totally know how you feel and I am the same way with Volleyball. In my head I am as good as I was 10 years ago but when I actually play it isn't so anymore. I guess three and half kids will do that to ya. But boy it sure is still fun. I would love to play in your Roy league as I am sure Natalie would too. Keep me updated. My kids would get a great laugh at watching their old mom try and relive the old days!

Jennica said...

sorry, tag you're it lady

Brian and Lauren said...

I wish you could have coached me! That would have been a blast! I am jealous that you still get to play and hang around the game. I need someone to watch Cannon so that I can start coaching.

Brian and Lauren said...

ps- you are HILARIOUS!!!

Megann said...

I believe that you are a real athlete something that some of us who always wanted to be will envy. See instead of wanting to pick up a ball and play I want to make sure I am asleep by 9:00 and that my house isn't a disaster so that I can. You are amazing.

Becky Johnson said...

I think we all miss the game!! I think it would be fun if we really did form a league. Wouldnt that be crazy?? Oh, you are probably wondering who this is. This is becky culligan, now Johnson. Utah Stars Rock. hehe. JK

Kate (and LaVon) said...

Mandy! You kill me! I was laughing hysterically when I read this. I have dreams all the time that I am playing softball or warming up or even at a tournament. Good times! Gosh, if only I felt like I could bend over and flow through a gb like I used to!! The thing that makes me laugh is thinking about my big fat self diving now! HAH! Life is good! Sign me up!

Cynthia and Bryan said...

This cracks me up because i was teaching pitching lessons last night and I had the dad sit after we were done so I could throw a few, It some times feels like a knee that needs to pop or a soda can that has been shaken so hard that you can see the sides bulge, when I just need to throw, and not just spin a couple but just throw full out no matter what the concequences on my body !! It only happens about 2-3 times a year, but it still happens and I wonder if it will ever go away. Any way- we are here call me or send me your Number. 843-655-8922, 801-378-5147.

Cynthia and Bryan said...

Hey- Ya I worked with her today- i liked her, has pretty sound mechanics and some good movement. Yes - def plan a get together, you are the working woman so you let us know when you are free, I want to see your sweet little Addi.