10 Things I've Learned from Baseball
Typically I stick to fashion/style and occasionally throw in a some lifestyle posts. Some of you might also know that I date a professional baseball player. I always get the same (somewhat silly) but very common questions about our life like where Christian will be, etc. I've got some new posts regarding baseball and our life planned. However, today I'm going to share 10 things you maybe didn't know about MiLB/MLB baseball that I've learned over the past decade. Hope this gives you a better look into what this lifestyle is like!
O N E | It's not as easy as most people think it is. | Most people think: "Athletes have the life" and while that may be true for some, it's not true for all of them. Speaking specifically about baseball, there is SO much uncertainty. When you're a professional baseball player you are literally at the mercy of your organization. The always traveling and living out of a suitcase gets tiring. Also, I'm not sure people realize this but baseball is a GRIND. It's not like football where they play once a week for a few months. It's every day for about 6-7 months, not including the prep time for before and during spring training. Baseball is such a psychological sport too, so mentally it is very exhausting for players.
T W O | You miss a lot of the important days. | Your sister graduates high school and you have a game? Sorry, there's no exceptions. You end up missing just about anything important that happens from the middle of February-September. Want to get married in the Spring? Not happening, you also have to do that in the off-season. (Thankfully for me, I've always wanted a fall wedding.) Just about the only times you are permitted to miss a game is if an immediate family member passes or your own wife is having a baby. With those you get a few days.
T H R E E | You learn to enjoy alone time. | As a WAG, you spend more time alone then you do with your partner. After dropping Christian to the field typically around 1 PM, I spend the remainder of day/evening solo (or for me, hanging with our dogs). Let's also discuss road trips! It alternates for the most part so Christian will be away for a week or so at a time, thus more alone time. However, I've grown to love my alone time as it allows me to focus on the blog.
F O U R | You learn to appreciate any amount of spare time | Late report to the field, you say? That extra hour means EVERYTHING. A spare hour here and there is better than nothing. Even if it's just 10 minutes, it's down time that allows us to just hang out for a bit. This lifestyle teaches you that every second counts. I cherish every minute with Christian, which is why I always drive him to the field even though we have two cars. That's extra time to chat and catch up!
F I V E | Your days are pretty much the same. | Each day is pretty much the same for position players. Christian is a schedule guy and likes to get lifts in before games, as well as cage work. Usually the team takes batting practice too! The schedule is VERY consistent.
1. Wake up
3. Drop off
Then repeat that for about 6 months straight, 7 days a week, and that's baseball for ya!
S I X | Weekends are not a thing. | Looking forward to the weekend after the work week? Hah! We don't have those. Instead we may have one off day for the month, if we're lucky! A big reason I look forward to the off season: weekends!
S E V E N | You always have the best seat in the house. | At least, I think so! Christian is a hitter so my favorite spot to watch him is directly behind home plate. I like to watch (sometimes) his AB to verify if a strike is actually a strike. Sometimes I tuck my head down during his AB's because baseball has made me SO superstitious. Even if your traveling to an away series, you usually get good seats there too!
E I G H T | You meet lots of new faces each year. | Every year is different. There are always new faces and that's one of the many joys of baseball. There are some great people you meet along the way that turn into family. It's always exciting to chat with people and hear their stories as well! Every players story is very different.
N I N E | You never know what is going to happen. | So you got called up and twitter found out first? Yeah, sometimes that happens. I have friends who have gotten optioned and didn't even know it! It's all in the hands of the MLB Organization's front office and you just never know what their plan is.
T E N | It's a job. | Being a WAG is a job, but definitely a job that I would not give up for the world. I'm not referring to the relationship as job, but just the other tasks that come along with this profession that require us to be planners, organizers, movers, master packers, amongst many other things. God chose us for this life and it is certainly not something that just any woman could do.
So I know that was a little different and so not what you're used to hearing. But if there's something that I am so grateful for it is the game of baseball. It continues to teach us lessons and help us grow. As much as we complain about the uncertainty of this lifestyle, I wouldn't have it any other way. I mean, how many people can spend their time traveling with their soulmate watching them chase their dream? I'm literally living his dream and that has got to be the best gift of all watching him achieve it.