Hess Physical Therapy - March 2018

March 2018

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THEMADNESS OF FANDOM BRACKETS, BASEBALL, AND BROKEN DREAMS

One of the joys of having a physical therapy practice is the chance to befriend so many sports fans. It’s a great communal experience, from chatting with patients about the Steelers, venting with staff about Robert Nutting, and of course, tailgating with everyone before a Penguins game. Sports bring our clinic together year- round, but March is when you really notice this bond. Whenever March Madness rolls around, we do an office bracket just for fun. But inevitably, the practice becomes very competitive. Normally, I feel lucky to have so many sports-savvy therapists and staff members. But as they build their highly strategic brackets, I can’t help but feel nervous. My own bracket strategy can be summed up in two words: “Go Mountaineers!” Is this wise? Probably not. But they’re my team, and I can never bring myself to short them. The way I see it, I’d rather be with them in a likely loss than against them when they pull off an unlikely win. Besides, my many years as a Pirates fan has acclimated me to disappointment. Amid the madness, March is inevitably when whispers of baseball get dialed up a notch. We’re mostly working while spring training games are being broadcast, but there are always a few clients who keep us in the loop. For fans like myself, “maybe this year” is the mantra of the month. With those unfortunate trades this year, things aren’t looking great for the Pirates, but I’m still optimistic change is on the horizon. I still remember where I was on game seven of the 1992 National League Championship Series. About 20 college friends and I were watching a small TV in a dorm room. Pizza boxes and cans were strewn everywhere. Despite being a low scoring game, we were confident. Alex Cole’s score at the top of the first had us riding high, and Drabek’s pitching was the best we’d seen all year.

DORIS WOLBERT CHERYL LAWRENCE DR. ROBERT YELLENIK FRANK CARRABBIA SUE DINES JENNIFER RAGO JANE ENGLISH LISA CONNOR SANDRA SABIN AMY MOLLY JIM & CLARICE TARBERT DARLANA SHERRELL DR. TERENCE PHILBIN TONYA WEMER AL SERETTI

By the bottom of the ninth, everyone in that dorm room thought we were going to the World Series. There was no way the Braves could come back from a 2–0 deficit — not the way Drabek was pitching. Then, the magic wore out. Double, single, walk. Bases loaded. Flyball, safe, 2–1. We leaned in close, not comprehending the comedy of errors we were witnessing. Then came the slide that was felt across Pittsburgh. The infallible Barry Bonds was beat out by Sid Bream and his bum leg. We were a room full of 20-year-olds, sitting in utter silence. Twenty-six years later, it seems like the Pirates are still haunted by that slide. I know I am. But I still pull for them every year. I was raised a Pirate fan, and I’m doing the same for my kids. That’s because fandom, in all its forms, can be a beautiful thing. Being able to come together as a community, both in celebration of a win and commiseration of a loss, builds bonds of trust and friendship. I see it all the time here at the office. As college basketball draws to a close and baseball begins, I wish you and your teams all the best.

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