Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Student-Athlete Dilemma

When I was playing baseball in high school, I had the chance to play against multiple college teams. Whenever I had the opportunity, I would talk to the opposing players to see how they felt about college baseball.

The answer was always the same; "It's no longer a game, it's a job". 

I didn't believe this to be true until I finished my first week of fall practices this previous August. My daily schedule consisted of class all morning, practice from 2:00 to 4:00, conditioning on the track at 5:00, Study hall from 6:00 to 8:00, and workouts from 9:00 to 10:00.

Once I was done with all this, I immediately went home to go to bed. Luckily, I was able to get done with most of my work during my study hall hours. However this schedule did not allow for any social time which was hard for me at first.

Thankfully, I have been able to successfully manage my time to juggle school, baseball, and social life all in one day. 

So the first time someone asks me how is college baseball? You know what I'm gonna say?

"It's no longer a game, it's a job" 

Oh, To Be A Braves Fan


Yet again, the Atlanta Braves have let down their fan base and, despite an optimistic regular season, failed to defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first round of the play-offs. This has been an annual thing for the past couple years and the Bravos continue to fail to rise to the occasion.

"Well there's always next year!"

This has become the slogan of "Chop Nation". The Braves fans have learned o expect this from their beloved team. This fan, however, is getting tired of it.

The last time the Braves won the world series was in 1995, the year I was born. I have maybe been saying "well maybe next year" for at least the past five years of my life. But I will always stay true to my team so... maybe next year.