I know it is very cliche to write a “things I am thankful for” post on Thanksgiving, but this is my first Thanksgiving with a blog and I have a lot of things I am thankful for. I have decided not to get very personal on this blog since the topic is baseball coaching, but I would be remiss not to mention how thankful I am for my one year old daughter, my wonderful wife, my parents, her father and all of our wonderful family. They have given me so much support over the past several years and are helping to make some of my current projects possible.
The main topic of my post is a brief list of things I am thankful for in the game of baseball as a coach, former player (hitter, fielder and/or pitcher), and fan.
In no apparent order:
1.) Bunt singles
2.) Throwing strike one
3.) Entering a new major league stadium for the first time
4.) Saving $2 by buying your peanuts outside the stadium
5.) Taking pitches
6.) Swinging at a good pitch to hit
7.) Hitting a ball so pure you don’t even feel it hit the bat
8.) Watching a player be great for one day
9.) Putting up a crooked number
10.) Watching someone make their major league debut
11.) Watching a player perform something you taught them perfectly
12.) The intensity of opening day
13.) A perfectly executed hit and run
14.) Getting out of a bases loaded nobody out jam
15.) Properly defending a trick play
16.) 7-2 or 8-2 or 9-2 double play
17.) Laying off a low and away slider
18.) Breaking the cleanup hitters bat
19.) Correctly executing a play you have never practiced
20.) Dog piles
Thanks to all of you who have been regular readers. I have been pleasantly surprised at the number of people who read and by the feedback I have gotten. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Part II of my Keeping Pitcher's Healthy post will be coming shortly...