Growing up in a Russian household, baseball wasn’t very high on my list of priorities.
I had seen games on the television at home or at a friend’s house, but I never really paid too much attention. This all changed when I spontaneously joined the JCHS Baseball team. At first, I was a little intimidated. I heard new baseball jargon and wondered, "what is a four-seam? Is that a disease?" This and many other things had left me a little startled at the beginning of the season. I quickly learned that baseball is not as scary as it first seemed. I found that being with my teammates from school created a relaxing, yet challenging environment. Our band of brothers (and one sister) played some serious baseball, and throughout the season, even made some pretty cool and professional looking plays. I was happy - happier than I had been in a long time. With our new assistant coach, Coach Babbidge, and long time veteran, Mr. Hagen, baseball seemed like less of a mainstream trend I had missed, and more of an old, crucial American pastime. The car rides both to and from games were some of the funniest times I’ve had in a cramped space, and playing out in the field was the most fun I had in an open space. All in all, baseball was one of the best decisions I made junior year.
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