Friday, September 27, 2013

Symbiosis

"So God just help me out while I fight through this grievin' process
Trying to  process this loss is makin' me nauseous" - Eminem "You're Never Over"

Losing hurts more than winning, but in softball/baseball there is one form of loss that is the most profound.

The loss that hurts the most is not 

  • A Game - any form of heartbreak sucks but there is something worse in softbal
  • Money - sucks to lose, but there is something worse in softball 
  • A Star Player - key defections are bad but there is something worse in softball
  • Your Position/Playing Time no one likes to lose/waste time, but there is something worse in softball
  • Bat - no one like to lose their gamer, it's psychological, but there is something worse in softball
  • Ethics - a bad reputation sucks but there is something worse in softball
  • Friends/Teammates  - In general players come and go and almost every winning team has a casualty. I know it sounds cold but there is still something worse in softball
By Far the worse thing to lose in Softball is your Glove.

5 weeks ago I lost my glove.
FUCK!!!!!!
FUCK!!!!!!!!!
FUCK!!!!!!!!
FUCK!!!!!!!!!!

I loved that goddamn ugly abused beaten up piece leather. Lost it after a 54th street championship doubleheader.FUCK!!!!!! FUCK!!!!!!!!! FUCK!!!!!!!! FUCK!!!!!!!!!!

I had it "only" 6 years and just gave it a tune up this spring compliments of glove master Enrique.

Sorry but losing your glove is the brutal as the relationship between a player and glove is personal. I mean c'mon when you put that thing on it's like your joined and the real world doesn't exists anymore. It is clearly a close symbiotic relationship where both the player and glove entirely depend on each other for survival.  It becomes part of you and you become a part of it .Once broken/severed its like part of you has died as well. 

Losing that glove has to be bad karma punishment from the softball gods
















for something bad I've done. A steep penalty to pay from for my sins.

I have a new glove now and breaking it in has been hard. To accelerate symbiosis I've :
  • used olive oil on it
  • stuck it in hot water
  • put it in a microwave
  • tied it up
  • and used it as much as possible. 
Quite frankly it is no where near ready. Tuesday I experienced new glove growing pains as literally first hand as I dropped a hard liner. FUCK!!!! FUCK!!!!!!!!! FUCK!!!!!! FUCK!!!!!!!!!!

Enough cursing - that was Embarrassing. 

This new glove depression ain't taking me hostage. There is no easy Re-Boot in regards to building trust and comfort with a new glove. I'm dealing with it. 

Symbiosis cannot be rushed, but once you have it treasure it.

11 comments:

  1. Glove love?!?!!
    What about illegal slingers in the ridiculous Big Apple league?

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  2. You blogging about you. How unusual!!!

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  3. I used to throw my glove under a moving cars wheels to loosen it up......

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  4. i used to throw up on my gloves to loosens its ups...

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  5. Thats what she said

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  6. Sorry you lost your best 'begloved' Ricki. Time heals all wounds and time is also what you need to break the new one in. At least it's not spring.

    Some guys I know in LA never leave their gloves in the trunks of their cars. They say it's easier to replace the car if it's stolen than the glove. Wise men.

    2 things I do as preventive measures against losing a glove:

    1: Buy your next glove now - before you need it. Take your time breaking it in. Use it during warm-ups and practice but use your regular glove in games. Bonus: buy it in the off season when prices are at their lowest!

    2: Write/Tattoo/Permanent Marker/Carve your phone number and email address on your gloves. Some people return gloves if found - it's your best shot at recovery.

    Peace!

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  7. Hey I thought all the illegal pitching was supposed to stop JB from winning the chip. I guess its back to the drawing board! Congrats Parts!! Ang HK11

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