September 24, 2009

My one baseball regret

I often think about the day a woman will make her way onto a major league baseball roster. She might be a pitcher or a second baseman, but one day - and I hope I'm around to see it - a woman will play the game.

This blog post was inspired by this post over at Padrographs.

It never would have been me, but that doesn't mean I don't have a regret from not playing baseball. Growing up, I loved baseball with a passion.

I'd play baseball and stickball with neighborhood kids and was always one of the first ones picked (tooting my own horn). I remember making a one-handed catch and ran straight into a parked car, but I held on to the ball.

There was another time I was playing two-hand touch football and I was wearing a girlie suspenders outfit with only one side notched. Well, during a play it broke and my pants fell down.

I took the good with the bad.

However, when I was a sophomore in high school, I transferred to public school after spending a year in a catholic school. I decided I wanted to play baseball instead of softball. I was a catcher, and a decent one at that with a good arm.

I could also hit the ball well.

When I brought my case to the school principal, I was told I would try out for the baseball team because there was a female equivalent sport in softball.

So, I left his office and played softball. I enjoyed it, but there were so many days during softball practice I would look beyond the outfield and watch the baseball team practice. I was jealous.

In college, I played softball. There was no baseball team, so softball was my only option.

However, there often are days I think about what it would have been like to play baseball. I took batting practice last year with the independent baseball team that used to be in Atlantic City. The batting practice coach was pleasantly surprised with my hitting once I got my timing down.

So, my one regret was not fighting to try out for the baseball team in high school. It's the only thing I think about what could have been.

2 comments:

  1. I choose the Rock N Roll crowd over the Jock N Cock crowd in high school.

    If I recall properly I think it was We are The Champions, and a bag of refer that sold me.

    I did however date several athletic girls in H.S. None of which played baseball, or softball.

    I grew up in the S.F Bay Area, and the softball girls( which were hot) usually liked softball girls.

    Mojo

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  2. Juding by the only woman I can recall playing professional baseball albeit indy league, Ila Borders, I'd say if a woman is going to play MLB or MiLB professional baseball, the woman is going to have to be a hermaphrodite or inject herself with testosterone and hope that it's not considered a PED violation by MiLB/MLB rules.

    There is definitely a future off the field in the game that is more attainable (Pam Postema making it to Triple-A as an umpire and umpiring a MLB spring training game), I believe the Padres had a female strength and conditioning coach recently, and I can't see why a woman with intense baseball knowledge could not be a coach or manager in the minors or majors.

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