3.05.2010

Softball + Lack of coordination = Bad idea. (Spin Cycle!)

Growing up, I was always athletic. Gymnastics, soccer, basketball, bike-riding and rollerblading for miles around the neighborhood...I loved it all. I was insanely flexible, in great shape, and had a good sense of balance (that unfortunately disappeared around the time I went from an A to a C).

That's me, in the center, back in my gymnastics days. I *think* I'm about 10 or11 here, but I could be way off.

 These days? Well, the flexibility died a long time ago (hence why I bought the DVD 'Yoga for Inflexible People'). Strength? To put it nicely, I'd be able to beat a kitten in a fist fight, but not many other things. And balance? Does righting myself fast enough to not fall over when I run into walls count?

I'm a klutz. I've accepted it. I also, up until very recently (see my new blog!), am incredibly lazy. So three years ago, when I started at my current job and heard about the softball team, I surprised myself by signing up. I think part of it was knowing that it'd be a way to get to know coworkers - I had just started, and I was coming off a job where I knew and liked almost everyone. I had played a couple intramurel games before, but that had been years before, and I was fairly sure I was going to be terrible.

So before the season started, I went to a practice with a friend's different team.
It didn't go well.

 

Do you love how I'm smiling? Yes, I am magical, thank you.
Anyway, the first year went as I figured. I sucked. I was terrible. By the end of the season, I was finally able to throw the ball from home base (I always played catcher, since it was the least important position) to the pitcher. Once in a while I hit the ball. I think I even scored a couple times. 

Season 2? I got promoted. Second base became my home, and while I wasn't good, I was improving. I started going to the batting cages, and making more of an effort to not....suck. When the season ended, I was fairly consistently getting hits, and occasionally making a decent play in the infield.

And this past summer...best yet. More of the same, just improving more and more. Sure, I have my off moments, and stupid plays, and mistakes, but whatever. It's a company team, it's fun, and that's all I really care about. We were regular season champions! Go Mud Dawgs!!

And I can't wait for the season to start this year :-)

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7 comments:

Sprite's Keeper said...

Whoa, that picture made me pause for a second! Ow! Glad you stuck with it though, now you look forward to it! Go Mud Dawgs! You're linked!

Jess said...

LMAO! That is an awesome picture! And even more awesome friends that will take the time to take a picture instead of gathering bandages. My kind of folks!

Erin@TheLocalsLoveIt said...

Good for you for sticking with it. It sounds like you have a lot of fun. Thats what it's all about.

VandyJ said...

Good for you for sticking with it and for them to let you improve.

CaJoh said...

That picture is almost scary.

So glad you are continuing to improve and hadn't given up.

gathering dust said...

Thanks all! I can't wait for the new season to start! And batting cages should be opening in a couple weeks, so I'm pumped up to go get some practice in :-)

jennyonthespot said...

Gurl. This is why I am afraid of the ball! Agh!!!!

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