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CONFESSIONS OF A LIFELONG MARINERS FAN HOW MY LOVE OF BASEBALL CONTINUES TODAY
If you’re not a baseball fan, you might find the sport boring. But as someone who has played baseball since I was a little kid, I can tell you the sport is anything but boring. On the surface, there’s a lot of downtime in baseball, but in between every pitch, the pitchers, catchers, batters, and coaches are all working on their strategies. Then, it’s up to the defense or batters to respond to those strategies. That intellectual dynamic in baseball is what makes it so enjoyable for me. Baseball was one of the first sports my parents introduced me to, and it was the sport I gravitated toward. I often played shortstop or in the outfield. It’s hard to explain what exactly drew me toward baseball, but I think it might have to do with the feeling of catching a fly ball or the bat tingling in your hands as you send the ball soaring over the pitcher’s head. When I was playing baseball, I don’t think I fully appreciated what the opportunity to play really meant. Youth sports are so valuable to kids.
They provide kids with a chance to burn off some energy, and they're a great stress reliever for the everyday pressures that come from growing up. It’s a powerful way to get kids to be active, which, as a busy adult, I know is a valuable thing to find time for! There are so many lessons I learned as a young athlete that I still find valuable to this day. In addition to the time I spent playing on the diamond, I spent a lot of time watching others play, too. Like many Seattle natives, I’ve been a fan of the Mariners my whole life. When I was growing up, the Mariners had a packed team with a lot of potential! It was fun to watch those games, and I was fully invested. two decades. With the Washington Nationals World Series win this past season, the Mariners are the only remaining MLB team to not play in the World Series. Regardless of how heartbreaking it is to be a Mariners fan, I’ll always remain hopeful! But as any Mariners fan will tell you, it’s been tough to watch our team the past
Today, the closest interactions I have with baseball are the games I catch on TV or the athletes I help in person at Kaizen Physical Therapy. The most common pains we see involve shoulder and elbow injuries. We always advise athletes to continue their strength training and work out regimens in the off-season to prevent these injuries from occurring in the first place. Our team also offers physical assessments for athletes in order to give them a complete rundown of their strength levels and troublesome areas to monitor. The assessments are highly effective in preventing injury or limiting damage from injury. Call our office today to get started on your assessment. Good luck to all our spring athletes, and, as always, Go Mariners!
“It’s hard to explain what exactly drew me toward baseball, but I think it might have to do with the feeling of catching a fly ball or the bat tingling in your hands as you send the ball soaring over the pitcher’s head.”
–Dr. Colin Sisco
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