Common sense tells me it is impossible. I was never a fan of common sense. It’s been two years since my last baseball game. I was a stud then, a powerful, yet speedy 180 lbs. version of Rickey Henderson with a mix of Jose Canseco thrown in for fun. A rotator cuff injury ended my playing career, not to mention my entire interest in sports-related activities. I could no longer lift weights or even train, let alone throw a baseball 20 feet without excruciating pain in my throwing arm.
The years went by and a life in ‘Suburbia’ swallowed me up whole. I now have a son, wife, and a small home with a big yard and garage for my family vehicle. I work at an advertising agency as a Jr. Manager and spend my weekends making it a ‘Blockbuster Night’ while drinking beers up till 3 in the morning watching repeats of Sport Center till I can recite all the corny catchphrases thrown out by other wanna-be and/or failed athletes.
This is not the end. I can make a comeback. I have three months to lose the fat, gain the muscle, and through lots of hard work, bring back my throwing arm to what it once was. I have to hit the cages, get some fielding work in, and walk onto a field full of some of the best players not currently in majors. In 2005 I met guys who made it all the way to AAA with teams such as the Cincinnati Reds & Milwaukee Brewers. Other guys were lifetime athletes through High School and into College. I don’t expect to outshine those guys, but if I can get into playing condition by February, and my shoulder is in good shape there is no way I could miss the cut.
Along the way I will be posting video updates of my training, practice, and more, all the way up to February 17th. On that day I will have my wife there with our trusty camcorder video taping either my pathetic demise into old age or my brilliant comeback into semi-pro baseball. Either way, you will be witness to it all.