Its That Time of Year

It is that time of the year–baseball. Yes, it is only the beginning of Spring Training, but I love baseball.

When I say that baseball and watching my favorite team, the Los Angeles Dodgers, is one of the things that helped save me, I mean it in that without baseball, I might not be here. That might be a bit over the top, it is not the only reason, there are many why I am here today, but in truth, it was something that became major in my life. It will always be from February to October, the sport I turn to when things in my life are too depressive or anxious.

I get excited for this time of year because baseball is such a mood booster for me. I get to watch for three or so hours the one sport outside of basketball and college football I follow throughout the season. Baseball is amazing. You can be the best baseball player on the planet and have a bad night, and then the next day, the player comes back and hits three homers. Baseball is a metaphor for how things go in my own life. The ups and downs, the highs and lows of a baseball season are magnified because they play 162 games a season.

The fact that even the player with the least experience can change the trajectory of a game. Even the best players can have long cold streaks, likened to how depression cycles can be like having cold streaks, and yet they can also break out of a slump. That is a metaphor for how depression cycles feel after it controls you, and you break free. It is why my love for baseball is something I love to share with the world. I even wrote a chapter of it in my memoir.

What is something in your life that you feel passionate about outside of things like writing (my greatest passion), or if it is writing, what are some of the metaphors you take from writing? Leave your comments below. I would love to hear about it!

Always Keep Fighting

James

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16 Replies to “Its That Time of Year”

    1. I could go for days! As a Dodger fan it sucks because it directly effected my favorite team but so many others. I get sign stealing is part of the game but the level these teams went is above what is right. It saddens me that Pete Rose, while did wrong to the game of baseball, can’t get in the hall of fame for betting on games, but the people in charge got limited ban. I believe it should lifetime. At the same time the players get immunity. I do want to say that throwing at them, teams I mean, is pointless. It cheapens the game. Now fans booing when they are on the road I am all for that!

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      1. Yeah, I’m conflicted on the punishment too. Part of that is Pete Rose, who was many of our favorite players growing up. I feel like they should be stripped of the title just like Lance Armstrong was stripped of the Tour de France championships. It just doesn’t seem to be balanced. To me, the throwing pitches signals that the players are not happy or satisfied with the punishment or that the Astros cheated.

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      1. Dance is life! I feel most alive when I’m dancing. Back in my youth I was competitively dancing and was Briadway bound. I created relationships with other ladies that are like sisters to me today. It taught me resilience, perseverance and strength. It instilled discipline in me. Love love LOVE to move my body💃

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      2. It’s my pleasure, you are so welcome 😊
        I enjoy chatting about my passions….they are what make life worth living😉

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  1. I’m a Dodgers fan too and I was slightly disappointed when I went to see them play the Phillies last summer and lost. It’s great that you have the game to help you get through the difficulties.

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  2. I like how you mentioned you can be the best player in the world and have an off night and then the next day totally different. It’s all about the journey. It definitely reflects life.

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  3. Oh man, yes, baseball! For sure this time of year it gives me hope for spring and those long days of summer. Like the analogy of depression cycles to 162 game seasons. So true. Thanks for this post and your blog!

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