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End of the Season

Today was the last day of our midtown softball playoffs. It’s been a great season with a great group of new and old friends. Last weekend playoffs started with a noon game for our team. We won that one handily and then had an hour break before game two. Game two was embarrassing and we won’t talk about that more than just to say we were spanked. It’s a double elimination tournament and so the deal was if we lost again today we’d be done. Our first game this morning was at 9am … UGH … but we battled through that and won. Which meant that our next game followed it right afterwards at 10am. For that one we fought hard but were down a girl, which unfortunately meant we also had to play down a GUY. As you can imagine we lost and our tournament play was over by 11am.

But, the cool thing about the end of the season in midtown is that it’s an all day party and most people stick around all day to watch the other games – even after they’ve lost and are out of the tournament. There is food and beer and camaraderie and all that. So although we were finished playing at 11am we stuck around until about 5:30 or so to watch most of the other action. The team that smacked the crap out of us last weekend was favored to win the entire thing so we spent most of the day watching their games and cheering for whatever team was playing against them. Partially because they’d beaten us so completely but mostly because a lot of them are just jackasses that don’t have any real sense of sportsmanship.

So, we spent the rest of the day drinking water (and a little beer) and moving between fields in the park the tournament was being held in seeking out shade to watch the games and hope for a Camelot loss. As we (my BF and I) left the park to come home and get cleaned up before our Sunday night True Blood party, Camelot had yet to lose. We’re both hoping that when we hear the results of the tournament tomorrow it won’t be a Camelot victory. But, if it is then I wish them well and would argue that we had a better time during the day because we could stop running around in 100 degree temperatures in full on sunshine playing softball. We got to chill in the shade with some cold water, coldĀ  beer (ok… kinda warm beer) and good food.

All in all the end of the season tournament was a very good day. It’s kinda sad to say it’s done until next summer. But, I am very glad that we played with the team that we did. This year my BF and I both joined a new time (the coach has been a good friend of mine for years) because we wanted to play on the SAME team this season. We’ve both played in the league for a few years but had been on different teams. This new group we joined up with was an incredible amount of fun. There was lots of laughs and lots of great softball to be had.

So, as the season winds to a close I can look back and say that even with the crazy heat wave on the East Coast this summer, it was some of the most fun I’ve had on the field in a very long time. I hope that we can keep up with our promises to get together and hang out a few times during the ‘off season’ because I think this group could result in a whole lot of really good friends. Plus, it never hurts to build up some real chemistry as a team. To have stories you can share and inside jokes you can tell just because you’re truly friends and not just teammates.

It’s been a great year for softball. Already looking to next season… and MAYBE a little fall ball …we’ll see.

July 31, 2011 Posted by | Fun & Entertainment | , , , , | Leave a comment

Injury Prone..

I’ve been playing softball and other sports since I was quite young and my parents would tell you that I have always been a little prone to injury… only minor ones… but still. If someone’s going to get a ball in the head, it’s likely to be me. Numerous times from games, parents of teammates or coaches had to call my parents to come get me or at least to let them know that I’d be hurt. The worst one was breaking my nose, and while that’s never fun it certainly could have been a lot worse. When I think back on it most of my ‘injuries’ came from the softball field.

I think the most interesting part of it is that while I am rather susceptible to minor injury I am not really every likely to admit that I am actually hurt. I am too stubborn of an athlete for that. I’ve played with a sprained wrist, dislocated thumb, after being hit in the head (or leg, or arm, or stomach) by a ground ball, and if I had of gotten my way I would have gone back into the game after getting hit in the face and breaking my nose that one time… I mean really, it was only a hairline fracture… no need to even reset my nose. My younger sister and a lot of the people I’ve been on teams with since then are the same way. I think it’s just a need to project a “tough girl” persona. Because sometimes… it really did hurt and you just didn’t want to admit it to anyone… especially not if it meant you didn’t get to play anymore.

So yesterday was the first round of my summer softball playoffs for the “Midtown” league. My BF and I have been playing on the same team all season and were very much looking forward to the playoffs. Despite the 100+ temperatures (ok… that’s with the heat index… but it was about 97 w/o it) we were excited to get out on the field. I’ve been playing with a slightly weak and jacked up right shoulder all season (which of course is my throwing arm) and he’s been helping me try and strengthen it up… seems to finally be getting better now that we’re warming up with some ‘medicine balls for softball’. Nothing better to work out a sore shoulder than throw around a 14 or 21 ounce medicine ball. Anyway, most of the people on our team (including my BF) have been battling some type of injury all season… we’ve been hit with the ball or pulled/torn/strained muscles and joints and all that. One girl even took an insanely hard throw in the upper arm (and then yesterday a lightly tossed ball to the head). We’re all a bunch of crazy stubborn fools. We ALL played when hurt and the words “I’m good” were heard uttered by just about everyone at one point or another this season.

Perfect example of this yesterday… I was playing second base (in our first of two games). While covering my base towards the end of the game I was looking into left field (where the ball went) and watching the throw. I was fully expecting it to be thrown to our short stop but it went over his head (I later realized was being intentionally thrown to me). I wasn’t really ready for the throw and didn’t move fast enough to catch it so it bounced once and hit me square in the jaw.. then bounced off my left shoulder and into my lip. A bit rattled I turned and picked up the ball and tossed it back to the pitcher…who promptly asked if I was ok (as did most of the others on the team). As you can imagine “I’m good” was the response. That was the last inning of the game (which we won) and we had about an hour before the second game started. As we waited (and my BF and I went to run a few quick errands) my lip started to swell and a bruise started to develop under my chin.

Ok, so really this is super minor on the grand scale of even my minor injuries… I played the entire second game (in which we were embarrassingly slaughtered) and I even went out and had a beer or two with the team afterwards. But, today I can tell that the bounce to the chin knocked my jaw out of place a little bit. It’s pretty achy and I’ve had a constant headache all day – not fun when you’re at working trying to get things done. I am going to have to make an appointment with my chiropractor for later this week to get that sorted out or the headache will just get worse and worse. I really am “good”, it’s just a great example of those minor injuries I tend to end up with about three or four times a season while I am playing ball. I have since I was about 12… You’d think I’d know better by now. Will it change the way I handled the situation should it happen again? Probably not. Although I’d hope that next time I’d catch the ball with my glove instead of my face.

July 25, 2011 Posted by | Random | , , , | Leave a comment