So it’s been a little bit since my last post…mainly because we are now full go into baseball season. The last couple weekends we’ve been on the bus traveling down to Washington to play a few colleges. So far we have started with a 1-3 record. We were actually supposed to play up to 10 games down there so far but the weather has definitely not been in our favor.
This past weekend after playing in Yakima, WA we were supposed to drive up to Skagit Valley to play but a snow storm in Washington cancelled those games as we were headed up there. So we had no choice but to head back to Nanaimo…or so we thought.
It all started relatively normal until we ended up dead stopped on the highway in the mountains with hundreds of cars stopped ahead of us and the snow coming down pretty hard. We eventually found out that there was a SIXTY car pile up two miles ahead and we were now stuck there. We didn’t move for three hours and once we did and saw some of the wreckage it was a pretty incredible sight to see all these cars…some absolutely crushed. The good news is that nobody was killed and there were only a few minor injuries. How…I don’t know.
At this point, though, we knew that we couldn’t make it back to Nanaimo that night because it’s on an island and the last ferry ride for the night would be long gone by the time we got there. So we got to Everett, WA at about 11pm and piled into rooms and walked across to the 24/7 Denny’s where after a long wait for food…probably because 30 people just walked in we were in the hotel room and trying to get a little rest by 1am.
At 6am the alarm rang and we ate a quick continental breakfast and were on the bus at 7am ready to get to the border and make the 10:30am ferry so we could finally get home…well…not so fast.
There was an damaging windstorm yesterday and all ferries were cancelled until 3pm at the earliest. So us coaches found a local restaurant and sat there for about 3 hours and then made our way to the terminal to wait there for another hour and a half until we finally found out that we would actually travelling back. We made it back at 5pm.
On Sunday night as we got into Everett, WA for our quick pit stop I had a thought and kind of just threw it out to a player near by. I said, “This is what it’s all about.” After a not so enthused look I decided to explain.
“This is what makes us special and unique…we are doing something not very many people do. I mean, we could all of just had a weekend where we go out Saturday night with friends and then we go to bed tonight knowing that we are going to the same job we’ve been going to for the last 5 years. Or in your case, you’d be partying all weekend and then you’d just go to class Monday like everybody else…that’s normal…we aren’t normal.”
I take baseball very seriously…it’s more then a game to me…and that’s why I’m back. I make very little income and I’m always thinking about what could make the players better and even though I didn’t necessarily want to be stuck on a bus in the middle of Washington in a snow storm for 3 hours and then stuck at the ferry terminal most of the day Monday it all kind of made sense to me.
This is why I’m back. I missed the game, I missed the travel, I missed the players. There’s no more Monday to Friday for me. I get to be around baseball every day…doesn’t matter what the day is. I don’t start work on Monday and pray for Friday to come.
It was a long weekend. We lost both games, but I learned some things…and hopefully the players did too. It was fun though and an experience that I know for a fact that a lot of people would have rather been doing…then doing what they always have been doing on their Saturday, Sunday, and Monday’s.
Strive for perfection,