Today I sprained my ankle really bad on freak play.
It hurts like hell.
But I played through it for 3 REASONS:
(1) I'm stupid
(3) Like my favorite character Warf on the nerdy Star Trek TV show used to say
ARE WE NOT WARRIORS!!!!!!??
DO WE NOT HAVE HONOR!!!!??
The softball gods rewarded me with a good game as I was able to exorcise my terrible Saturday demons and contribute to a 2-1 West victory.
I've heard it said that softball players are old, fat, and out of shape.
Hey that's true, but their is a select elite few that carry on that warrior mentality till the end.
Here is my elite list of True Softball Warriors in no particular order
Murphy - he will never quit, doesn't quit, and will take whatever over the counter stacker drug needed to compete.
Gil - A top notch ballplayer who plays to win at all times.
Carlos Con - the guy's knee is almost shot - but he comes out to compete with great pride.
Lou "22" Gonzalez AKA The Commish - You can see the intensity and desire to win in his eyes. He has heart. A true champion
Mickey Pekins - short on size, big on confidence and courage. The guy is playing right now with 2 plates in his arm. He can't swing the bat yet and still plays. The softball love keeps him going
Jimmy Bitros - He's like the post office man of softball. Neither, rain, sleet. snow, nor injuries keeps him from playing.
Larry Trillo - who? He's a guy I played with in Long Island and Merrill Lynch. He's the guy on the other team you hate. He probably beat you up in high school.
You only like him when he's on your own team.
Comes from Brooklyn.
He's not scared of anyone and always plays hard.
Chucky - Who part II ? Skinny kid I play with on Wednesday with in Bob's league. The kid may not be smooth but he will run through a wall for you.
Ramish - came back from a serious injury to once again become a top pitcher.
Angelo West - 100% commitment to winning. Never quits
Wayne - Cardinals - built like truck but plays through injuries all the time
John Sheppard - played through serious knee injury last year
Dio - warrior manger - fights to the end to win
Gubi -plays hurt, but gives you a guilt trip about it
Castillo - believe or not John plays hurt at times especially at the end of the year. The problem is you start hurting more from his injuries than he does.