Well... this is my last post... I have been through every emotion in the past 12 years... well I should say even longer than that... I have been playing baseball ever since I was 5. And I really don't know how to break away from something that I love so much...
I have decided to end my comeback. I have signed with the Corpus Christi Barracudas in the Texas-Louisiana League... and I threw in one game.. picking up the loss and not having the 'stuff' I had earlier in spring as I started this endevour.
It started in Taiwan and has continued through this week.. and now has ended tonight. I was to throw in the 7th inning and could not really get loose... this hit hard and I was offered a cortisone shot tomorrow to give it one more try... but I have given it one more try three times... and have cheated the baseball gods out of a few more memories and I thank them.
My plans are to keep my internet connections with either Netcom or a Houston internet provider and somehow get into the computer industry... my love of computers and fiddling around has become well-known with my team-mates. I have helped a dozen or so bal lplayers to purchase systems and get them out of various problems... I would like to either go back to school or take the classes to become a Network Admin or something that would give me 'projects' to work on and then go to others... this was one of the great things about baseball, it was never the same.
I will pack up my things and drive home to Houston tomorrow afternoon and give my wife a big hug and pick my son up.. something I will be doing alot of now... and just sit back still look in the mirror and say I gave it my all...
I have done some things in baseball that no one has ever done... I have come back to pitch in the Majors after having a total re-build of my shoulder... few have done this... but I have had two of these 're-builds' and still made it as high as AAA, that h as not ever been done.
Baseball is in my blood... I will never forget my first pro inning, June 24 1984. first pro win July 2 1984. first big league outing, Sept 10 1987. first big league strike-out, John Kruk. first save, Aug 22 1991 vs the Dodgers. first ML home run given up, Will Clark (grand slam) Aug 24 1991.
I really can't put the feelings I am having at this moment into words... I am writing this and beginning to feel the separation from something that has been an integral part of my life for over two decades. I can say I will miss the game, the guys, the fans, maybe the umpires ;), and the feeling of being a team and working for something. but the one thing I won't miss is the pain my shoulder has given me the past years... But looking back it was not all that painful because I was doing something I really love!!!!
Last Quote from mallyman
I came, I saw, I kicked some ass...
Good Bye all and happy Surfin'
also many thanks to David Lewis and his keeping this W3 page up and running...
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