As everyone knows the season can become very long and it is easy to get caught up in the every day grind. For the most part, life revolves around baseball. Some days I even find myself losing track of what day of the week it is, and it can definitely be easy to lose track of what is going on outside of our baseball bubble.
Recently, we were on a road trip to Bowie, MD, and our team was given the chance to visit the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, a hospital for recently injured soldiers who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. It started out as an optional trip that ended up being a full team affair that really put our priorities in check.
Before leaving Erie for Bowie, we were told that we would have an opportunity to visit The Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Upon hearing this, everyone wanted to participate and be able to say thank you to some of the men and women that have been serving our country.
As we visited with many of the injured soldiers, I was amazed at the great attitudes of these men and women. Many of them had missing limbs, others broken bones, and others were recovering from multiple surgeries. One guy in particular had just lost both his legs only two weeks ago, and he was as positive and excited about life as ever. The trip really made me, and I'm sure our whole team, so thankful for the men and women that risk their lives daily for our freedom. It also made me think twice about what a bad day really is. I can go 0-for-4 and think I'm having a bad day, but I'm not dodging bullets or walking around wondering if a bomb is about to go off somewhere near me.
Everyone at the hospital seemed so excited to have visitors and I hope they enjoyed our company, but I think we got more out of the trip than they did. Just listening to some of the stories the soldiers told, I was blown away. Most of the soldiers we visited were right around the same age as all of us. It was quite an experience.
Baseball is important, it is our job, but at the end of the day it is not a life or death situation. I know a lot of times us as players treat it that way. This trip really made me thankful for the opportunity that I have to play baseball in this great country and very grateful for all the people who put their lives at risk to protect our freedoms.