What is this game you call baseball?

I have to be completely honest and admit that if my husband didn’t play baseball, the likelihood that I’d be a fan would be slim.   Now talk to me about ‘em Heat and I am all about it.  Where basketball is fast paced, baseball is a much slower game.   It is a game that you must grow to appreciate and one that has a strong history as America’s pastime.
I have tremendous respect for all athletes.   I, myself, participated in multiple sports in high school and am well aware of the dedication it takes to succeed.  That being said, I want to give baseball credit where it is due.  I have heard so many people utter the words that it is a boring sport.  Sure, you don’t have scores in the 100s and the pace is much slower than that of other athletic events, but there is something to be said about the endurance required in baseball.  When I speak of endurance, I am not talking about 40 or even 60 minutes of running non-stop, I am talking about a very long season comprised of 162 games spread over six months.   Do the math and that equates to 27 games per month.   Taking into consideration that the number of days that fall just shy of a full month are usually travel days, you have a long-haul of a season.
Even more notable is the fact that baseball is a game of failure.  It is a sport that, in most cases, is overwhelmed with more failure than success.   Let’s take for example a batter’s batting average.   Right now, the highest batting average in the league is .362 and belongs to Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburg Pirates.  By any standard that is a darn good average, but when we take a closer look at his stats you can see that in 309 at bats, he has “only” 112 hits.   Taking it a bit further, he has an on-base percentage of again “only” .372.  For those of you not familiar with baseball, OBP takes into consideration walks and being hit by a pitch.   Basically, Andrew, who is an All-Star and league leader in BA has failed nearly 2/3rds of the time he has been up to bat.  This, however, is a common theme in baseball.
It goes without saying that baseball is a game that requires an incredible amount of mental toughness.   It is easy to get down on yourself when you don’t succeed every time you are at the plate or, simply put, more often than not.  This constant struggle is the main reason I have the utmost respect for all baseball players alike.  As a wife, I know how hard it is to watch from the sidelines when your husband is struggling, but I can only imagine how hard it must be for them to stay on an even keel through it all.  There is an inner sense of confidence that must radiate within each of them in order for their talent and hard work to shine through, regardless of adversity.
With All-Star break behind us, we are halfway through the season and time isn’t letting up. I am so grateful for having decided to move this year in order to be by David’s side for it all.   I have fully enjoyed experiencing the ups and the downs alongside him as it has given me an entirely new perspective on what day to day life in baseball entails.  A career in baseball is ever consuming, not only for the ball players and coaches, but for their families as well.  If it weren’t for my relationship with David, I may not have found a love for baseball.  Regardless of the unpredictability, it is an amazing sport and I couldn’t imagine our lives without it.

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    Paul Saunders - Solaris Astrology

    July 13, 2012

    Well done to Mr Adams for hitting 5 for 5 in the first game after the all-star break. I dunno what you are doing on David’s days off Camille, but I’d keep on doing it ;))

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      Baseball Serendipity

      July 13, 2012

      Thank you Paul! I am just giving him mucho love. 😉 That is all I can do as his wife – support him. He is doing the rest himself.

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    tom

    July 13, 2012

    … Camille, This is your best blog yet! … Really good, open, honest and well written … You should submit this to every sports magazine, online sports news site and newspaper you can find and broaden your reach by a few million …. It’s a solid post.

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      Baseball Serendipity

      July 13, 2012

      Thank you Tom! I am glad you enjoyed that. I wasn’t sure if it was my best work but I am glad to hear I am just a tough critic of my own work. 🙂

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    MLBNewman

    July 13, 2012

    Great post as always. Glad you are learning all about the national pastime! Just think, during the 1800s, that is what people all over a settling nation were doing, learning any way they could, unexpectedly, especially hearing about it through their newspapers after the Civil War and word of the rules spread far and wide. I recommend getting to know http://ourgame.mlblogs.com and spreading the word, as that is maintained by John Thorn, our MLB Official Historian! Have a great weekend.
    Mark/MLB.com
    http://mlblogs.mlblogs.com

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      Baseball Serendipity

      July 13, 2012

      I will do! It is truly an amazing sport. 😃 I know that despite being around it for 11 years I have a lot to learn! There are many intricacies I still have to become acquainted with.

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    MEOWhearthis

    July 14, 2012

    Wait, the best hitter plays for the perennial worst team in the league? Hah.
    I didn’t like baseball until a few years ago, I’ve always been a football girl. Then the Rays became watchable and since my boyfriend is a fan, I got hooked. Still boring sometimes, but I appreciate the slowness. It helps that the Rays are a fun, young team, with people like the Wolfman, and nerd dress-up road trips. And that Victoria’s Secret has such cute fan apparel.
    Funny that we’re rivals, though.

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      Baseball Serendipity

      July 14, 2012

      Haha yeah, funny how that works out! I am from Miami and the Yankees are in Tampa for Spring Training so I am a bit of an all around fan. I think at the end of the day we are fans of all teams because we know guys that play everywhere. I do love VS sports apparel! I have way too many UM shirts from there but I still need to buy their Yankees gear. 🙂

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