It was a nice day on Sunday. In the neighborhood of 60 degrees or so, with the sun shining. The outdoors were calling me and as luck would have it, some people from work were having a day of softball at a local field so I went ahead and played along. I did a little prep work, some loosening up stretches, a little long toss with a couple of the guys and even a few practice swings of the bat. Keeping in mind that it was just a friendly game with 5 players on each team, I was ready to go. For those of you scratching your head as to how we could field teams with just 5 players, it's easy. The right side of the diamond was foul territory and force outs were thrown to the pitcher on the mound, not all the way to first base. Problem solved. Now back to the game...
We were up to bat first and wasted little time getting on the score board. A few base hits ahead of me gave me a runner in scoring position and a carefully placed ground ball through the infield from myself plated the first run of the game. 1-0 after 1 inning. After that, there wasn't much action going. A few no nonsense innings in the books and then a few misplays in the field and we found ourselves trailing in the game 2-1. After failing to mount a comeback in the final innings, we were forced to admit defeat. However, a nice day and a great group of people made the day worth while and fun was had by all. There was even a point in the middle innings where I found myself sliding into second base to try to beat a throw. As it turned out, the throw never actually came to second and I was left with a pretty nice scrape/welt on my right leg. I had originally thought to myself that if it came down to it, I wasn't going to slide, seeing as it was a friendly game and all... but somewhere along the way from first to second, my old baseball instincts took over and as it looked as though there might be a play at the base, I dropped into a standard popup slide like I had been doing it for years. Oh well, it's just a flesh wound.
Anyway, it was good to be outside and getting some exercise on a really nice day. I must admit though, today I'm paying for it. Aside from the bruise on the leg that is still sore, my hips and back are really suffering. You tend to forget all about the muscles you use while swinging the bat until after it's all over. I'm pretty sure that if I were to drop something on the floor, it would just stay there for right now, because picking it up may be dangerous.
I hope that there are a few more organized events like this at work, because it seems like there are a good group of people that would come out and could be a lot of fun. I was trying to lobby for a pick-up roller hockey game, but I'm not sure I could make it happen... we'll see.
Time for more Motrin.
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