Adapt or Die

For the first time since David was drafted in 2008, I have come to realize how easily teammates come and go.  I had the chance to meet and get to know guys that David has played with that suddenly, with no warning, were released by the organization.    The most promising players are usually signed by another team, but most in the minor leagues don’t experience the same fate.   This harsh reality became even more apparent when I attended the Professional Athletes Outreach conference for players’ wives and we all introduced ourselves, sharing our husbands’ names, years in the organization, and how many teams we have been with.
Fortunately, David has not had to adjust after a trade or worry about being released.    This is a fact that is not, at all, taken for granted.   It was only two years ago that David was a physical away from becoming a Mariner and had he been 100% healthy a few months ago, he may have been included in a deal, yet again.   With David on the 40-Man and with a major logjam at 2nd base, the possibility for a trade is high.   I would love nothing more than for David to be a franchise player, in pinstripes until his retirement, but I also know that very few people have the opportunity to say that.
I texted David earlier today saying how remarkable the amount of change that one can, and at times, must experience in the world of baseball and in true David fashion, his quick retort was “have to adapt.”   His response led me to the realization that you must adapt or die.   Of course I use the word “die” metaphorically, because if you cannot adapt, you will simply fade away and lose the opportunities afforded to you in this life.   This is a lesson that can be applied to everyone, in every situation.
This revelation is not unlike the laws of evolution, where the species that adapted and evolved survived, and the ones that couldn’t, died off.    I am not the biggest advocate of change, but that being said, I tend to take to it quite well.   I have come to understand that regardless of the circumstance, the challenges we face are the ones that provide the greatest returns.
Whatever our future holds, we are ready and able to adapt like champs!

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  1. Reply

    sportsglutton

    April 9, 2012

    Adapting to any of life’s situations in critical and making the best of it most important. Deal with negative and keep it positive!

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      Baseball Serendipity

      April 9, 2012

      I agree! Thank you for reading!

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    Sofia

    April 9, 2012

    AMEN!

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    fishjam25

    April 12, 2012

    Just came across your blog…..nice work. David is a player I root for and hope he can get back to where he was prior to the injury. Will get down to Trenton to see him play in the coming weeks. Has he been playing any 3B or have the Yanks ever asked him about playing some Third? He would greatly improve his value to the Yankees if he could play 3B as well as 2B.

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      Baseball Serendipity

      April 12, 2012

      I am glad you found it! David was a short stop in high school and was actually drafted as a 3rd baseman despite barely having played 3rd. When he went to college however, UVA placed him at 2nd and the yankees seem to really like him there. I can’t really say what is said behind closed doors but if Spring Training at Big League camp was any indication, the Yankees really like him at 2nd and are focusing on him being there. Neither of us really care where he plays as long as he gets the opportunity! Thanks for the comment.

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