Hey guys, sorry I haven't posted in awhile, had alot going on since I last posted so I'll catch you all up.
I considered the 2013 season a waste as I battled nagging arm problems and lack of playing time.
After the season I took about 2 months off of throwing to let the wing heal up but that soon became a 4 month off period once I discovered in October that I am going to be a father. I cannot express how excited I am to be a dad. Me and my wife found out late last month that it is a beautiful baby girl (I'm kindof bummed I wont have a little Nolan Ryan on my hands, but maybe a Jennie Finch)
I'll admit I have defiantly slipped in my training as now nothing seems as important as preparing for the baby.
I started a new job working for AT&T as a Sales Rep (my wife also works for the company so we are the couple power house of the AT&T world) making almost double what I made at my past job.
Recently I began searching for a new team to play for this year that is closer to home (can't waste money driving an hour just to pitch and inning or two) and have 2 teams that I'm trying to decide on (one in a non-competitive beer league and the other is just another team in the league I played in last year)
I've spent some time trying to get back into playing shape for the upcoming season, really just some body weight stuff as I cancelled my gym membership to save money for the baby, but really haven't gotten the chance to throw at all. This winter in New England has gotten annoying as everytime the snow starts to melt, we get another 8 or so inches of that white fluffy stuff.
Finally coming to terms with that I'll most likely never play professionally like I always dreamed of, I began experimenting with other things baseball wise. I have tried everything from submarine, sidearm, Paul Byrd throwing, knuckleball, finesse stuff and nothing took any pressure off the arm I have been nursing for awhile. So being the guy who just wants to get out there and have fun, I decided my right arm is basically useless now (all I did with it anyways is throw) so I'm giving throwing left handed this year my all. I had a good base to go off of considering I always messed around with it from 9th grade to now so now its seeing how good I can get. I never expect to throw 100 or 90 for that matter but I see getting 80 as an attainable long term goal. Its all about fun for me since I decided my daughter will be all that matters once she's born (I may even hang up the glove and cleats all together when she's born this July)
I want to get out throwing alittle this Friday (knowing New England another snow storm is brewing) as the thing that screwed me last year is I went to practices not in shape at all and started going at it 100% without really building up my arm strength.
Now just to add alittle of a light side to this whole post. I have kindof developed alittle bit of a celebrity status within the league I played for last year, kindof like a Sasquatch of Boston. I only made about 3-4 appearances on the mound (all maybe an inning or so) and opposing hitters have told our manager that I was very deceptive and sneaky fast (maybe if I was lucky last year hitting 75 on the gun with my nagging shoulder issue) due to the fact the only way I could throw was across my body making it look like the ball was going at the batter (and on 7-8 occasions it really was). Also with the resurgence as Grant Balfour as a dominant reliever and his "Balfour Rage" there came a sortof "Berish Rage" occurring in occasional games, as I was known for getting pissed at myself and muttering curse words under my breath at myself (sometimes yelling) and giving hitters a death stare if I had a fastball run in on them. At first it was just for fun and joking around but now I want to add the fire and intensity to my game.
Well I've taken enough of forum space with my washed up ramblings of better years and dreams of stardom. Look forward to posting on here alot more as the season approaches.
Good night and GO SOX!!!