This past weekend I had a chance to sub for my old softball team as a lot of people were traveling. It was fun to see the gang. I knew 5 players from last year’s team. The other 4 players were new to me. It was also fun to be playing. I ended up playing first base instead of the outfield. I had a few dropped balls and had to be on my toes more than usual when I play outfield.
My batting was OK. I went 0.500 in both games. In the first game, I had a deep ball that was caught and a grounder to short that was bobbled at first. In the second game, I had a line drive into left field and another line drive that was caught by the short stop. As a team, we ended up losing both games.
Unfortunately at some time during the first game, I tweaked my back. This is pretty unnerving for me as I have seen several colleagues have long term back issues for a variety of reasons. I am hoping my situation clears up in a few days to a week, but you never know with these kinds of injuries.
All in all, it was fun to get out and play, but I feel much better about my decision to semi-retire from softball and the other team sports in which I have participated. I don’t like the self imposed pressure of team sports and would rather compete only when I am an asset to the team or learning a lot from the experience. Neither of those criteria is currently being met with softball.