What do you do when you’re all alone?

In the world of baseball there is so much to be grateful for.   We are truly blessed to be in a world that affords you the opportunity to live out your life’s dream.   Even in the minor leagues, where the pay is minimal and the lifestyle can leave much to be desired, we are surrounded by so much talent and people that are just happy for the chance to do what they love – even if you don’t know at what point that will end.
When David and I got married, I already knew what the baseball life looked like.   Since we started dating in 9th grade, I was blessed with the chance to witness and share many critical experiences throughout his baseball career.   I had the opportunity to see him flourish all through high school and get drafted our senior year.   When he decided to attend the University of Virginia, I saw him transition from a shortstop to a second baseman in the blink of an eye and adjust as well as anyone could have hoped.  Was I nervous along the way?  Sure, but I have always had faith that things would work out the way they were intended to.  Despite the ups and downs that this lifestyle brings, I have never ceased to be proud him and his unwavering efforts.    While he had many successful years, none were completely absent of struggles.
I have heard many use the word “terrible” to describe David’s junior year at Virginia – Yankees included – but I have a hard time agreeing.  I suppose that relevant to his sophomore year, and his performance at the Cape Cod summer league only a few months prior, it may have been just that – terrible.   Still, these trials and tribulations are exactly what baseball is about.    That same year David was drafted by the Yankees, albeit, some would say he was drafted low while others will say he was drafted high.   In reality though, all we ever wanted was for him to have the chance to follow his dreams, regardless of money or accolades.    Drafts, in any sport, are never a true science.   There are many guys that go in the first round, are paid millions and never make it.   Just the same, you have guys that are drafted very low, paid practically nothing, and become all-stars.    Taking risks is a huge part of the game.
So much about this sport is mental and while I have always considered that to be about 60% of the equation, people have told me that it is as much as 90%.    I have to admit that living this lifestyle is just as much a mental game for me as it is for him.   I spend many lonely nights at home wishing he were by my side.   I have come to the realization that when we have children I will practically be a single parent during baseball season.  It is easy to feel alone sometimes, but I know that I am far from it.   Through Pro Athletes Outreach and Baseball Chapel, I have been fortunate enough to meet many amazing women who are going through the same experiences as me.
Throughout my time here this season, I have accepted the fact that we have no control over what will happen and for the first time in my life I can say that David and I are exactly where we need to be.   I had a bit of a melt down at bible study last week when I was sharing my feelings with the other wives.   The last few years have been the hardest we have ever had to endure, but I realize now that if they hadn’t played out in such a way, we would never be where we are today or half the people we have grown to become.
I have said it before and I will say it again.   We are the sum of all of our experiences.   These experiences are what make us who we are today.     I also know that God would never give us more than we can handle.   This is the path that He has chosen for us and we will continue to work hard at it every day.    While it may not be easy sometimes, it always helps to know that He is by our side every step of the way.

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    MLBNewman

    July 16, 2012

    Two words: ENGLISH BULLDOG! He tends to dominate my Instagram because he has a squishyface and everyone likes that more than my other pics. Ha
    Mark/MLB.com
    http://mlblogs.mlblogs.com – everyone check out the MLB.com community blog!

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      Baseball Serendipity

      July 16, 2012

      Haha well, I am traveling with my American Bulldog/Lab mix and three cats. They keep me veryyyy busy and dominate MY Instagram too! LOL

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    MLBNewman

    July 16, 2012

    Awesome! Oh by the way you are tracking to debut in MLB.com Latest Leaders for the month of July when I post it the start of August. Keep up the great blogging!

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      Baseball Serendipity

      July 16, 2012

      Thank you! 🙂

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    marksackler

    July 16, 2012

    My wife and I can relate in an odd way. We are a host family for minor league players in the Eastern League for 8 years (1996 through 2003 when our beloved New Haven Ravens were sold and moved to Nashua New Hampshire). We lived the trials and tribulations of the players and their spouses and girl friends for those years. Only two of the many who lived with us ever made it to “The Show.”

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      Baseball Serendipity

      July 16, 2012

      Thank you for stopping by my blog. 🙂 Yes, it is very difficult and unfortunately the majority will never make it. It is strange how minor league teams move around too, I know at some point the Trenton Thunder was an affiliate of the Red Sox! ha

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    Kaylynn

    July 17, 2012

    I loved reading this. Im right there with you! I spend a lot of time alone while he is at the field. We have been playing in Mexico and now Japan this year so what I am missing is that wife to wife support. The few wives I have met or seen dont speak the same language as me, so I spend my time reading blogs and following other baseball wives and girlfriends. I guess its my way of feeling like I have some kind of support. I love your postive outlook. Thats what I try and focus on everyday, especially when I start to feel lonely.

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      Baseball Serendipity

      July 17, 2012

      Thank you so much for reading. I am glad you enjoy it! I can only imagine how difficult it must be for you living in other countries. As if moving across the world wasn’t hard enough, you also have a major language barrier. I am not sure that I would be able to do it so you, my dear, are a warrior. It is admirable that you are able to flow with the tide and stay strong. I truly wish you all the best and always feel free to reach out. We have a great bible study here in Trenton that we are doing with a bunch of wives and even though you aren’t here, you are welcome to read along with us and stay in touch via email if that will help. At the end of the day we are all in the same boat. If you like feel free to email me at c.campins@yahoo.com 🙂 All the best!

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