Start your Try.

Posted by Jill Donovan on

 

Start your TRY.

There are plenty of records and streaks in sports, but one of the most amazing of all time is the 2,632 Major League Baseball games played by Cal Ripken, Jr.
In a row.
Without missing a single game.
It began on May 30, 1982 and didn’t end until three more Presidents were elected.

Growing up in Baltimore, Maryland, my family would frequently go watch the Baltimore Orioles.
The memories of popcorn, peanuts, crazy fans and dreams of catching a foul ball still seem very alive in my memory.
I have seen almost every MLB team play with the exception of just a few. 

In my mind, I can throw a baseball at 90 miles per hour.
In my mind, I can throw a ball from third base to first base in two seconds flat.

In reality, I have never been able to throw a straight pitch…even if my life depended on it.
Yet, I continue to try.

Over the last few years, I have had two opportunities to throw out the first pitch at the Tulsa Drillers game. The first time, with nervous excitement, I practiced the entire afternoon…hoping adrenaline would carry me that evening for the actual pitch.

 

Adrenaline was not so kind to me.
It may have gone all of ten feet.
If that.

The second time was worse.
If that was even possible.
I, however, proved that indeed it was.

YET, I wouldn’t change a thing.
It wasn’t the distance the ball went.
It wasn’t even the speed, or lack thereof, that the ball was thrown.
What mattered is that the memory was made.

From that moment on, I decided not to be worried about the perceived failure.
I would worry more about not even trying in the first place.
If given the opportunity, WHY NOT try something NEW?
WHY NOT add a brand new memory to your list of experiences?
WHY NOT go outside of your comfort zone every now and then?

Every great accomplishment began with someone deciding to TRY.
That TRY then turns into passion.
The passion then turns into hustle.
The hustle turns into grit.
And the grit often turns into something exceptional.

So, the next time you get the opportunity to try something NEW,
Don’t ignore it.
Just embrace it.
Don’t analyze it to pieces.
It could be the beginning of something extraordinary.
And it all begins with a simple TRY.

Which is exactly what we did when we picked up the phone to start the process for getting licensed with Major League Baseball.
We said “WHY NOT?”
And the passion, the hustle, and the grit took over.
So, with nervous excitement and gratitude, we combine our love of baseball with RC and we hope you will join us in our “try” that turned into our “reality!”

Play Ball!

ps. What are some of your favorite baseball memories?

 

 

 

 

 

 


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  • Each summer, I traveled to visit my grandparents near Indianapolis. The experiences that I was afforded were completely different from my life with parents and siblings. My grandparents took me to a Chicago Cubs game, around age 7-8. I have no idea who their opponent was. I remember standing in back of a fence, watching the game. Everyone around me yelling, talking and cheering. It was exhilarating, especially since I was usually quiet. I decided to join in, and cheer too!! “Go TULSA”!! Multiple times. I heard my grandma say my name behind me, I turned just in time to see my grandpa touch her arm, smile and shake his head. She quietly told him that I needed to know that Tulsa wasn’t playing. They didn’t know I had heard. Grandpa said “She is having fun, that’s all that matters”. And I did. The Cubs will always hold a special place in my heart, as does the Indy 500. Do I love baseball, or enjoy watching cars go around and around a loop? Not really, but whenever I can watch the Cubs play, and Memorial Day to watch the 500, I am front and center, on the couch, wishing grandma and grandpa were still here watching with me. 😢❤️ I’m teary eyed typing this, but love the memories from 50 yrs ago.

    Dawn Wood on

  • 1.)Taking my three best girls to Wrigley Field by way of the subway to watch the Cubbies play:)❤️💙
    2. Watching my daughter accept the Most Outstanding High School Softball Pitcher in Oklahoma 2012 standing next to Clayton Kershaw who had just received the Warren Spahn Award. ❤️💙

    Kris Miller on

  • One of my fondest memories is watching baseball every Sunday with my dad. Those were the days of all the great legions of baseball. My dad passed away early age in 1975. The loss was hard and still is, but I have those fond memories looking forward to Sunday to drink sweet tea and watching baseball with my dad. Now I share my love of baseball with my husband Michael watching the Yankees! We will not miss a Yankee game. Each week of the season we can’t wait for them to play. So from my dad to my husband our love of Yankees are shared.

    Judy Kious on

  • My grandson took his first steps in Busch Stadium with the whole family there. Go Cardinals!

    Deborah Bass on

  • It doesn’t matter how well you threw the ball; what matters is, that you looked darn good throwing it!

    Alberta Scribner on


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