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2008…In Closing

With 2008 drawing to a close, I find myself reflecting on another year passed. 2008 was a tumultuous and exciting year filled with ups and downs in both sports and society. A new President was elected, and the Phillies took the World Series in 5 games. The US economy was turned upside-down, and a former drug addict put on a display at the MLB Homerun Derby. Some legends passed, and some new rising stars emerged.

The older I get the more time seems to fly, but one thing has slowed it down a bit and given me back some of my youth. 2008 marked my return to the baseball field, in the MABL. The Rampage Baseball Club joined the 14 year old Central Ohio chapter this year, and surprisingly posted a .500 record. The guys on the team had the times of their lives. I can tell you no one was worried about scouts, or their stats in the paper. Baseball returned to the way it was when we were 9 years old. That doesn’t mean that there weren’t some rough times.  I pulled every muscle in my legs for at least the first three weeks. We also lost by one run in the 2nd round of the best of three playoffs. But I can’t tell you the last time I’ve enjoyed a summer so much.

2009 will greet us with no certain remedy to the financial crisis. We are at war in a far away country and there is constant conflict in the world. There is a great deal of negativity in the world, but I urge you all to look for positives. Play ball. Take your kids out to the park and take some BP. So what if you have no shaggers. Heck, start a team yourself. Slow down in 2009 and take some time to enjoy life. Baseball teaches us many lessons, and it is a great release. Get out in the sun and make 2009 your best year yet. Go play ball!

Thanks for reading and Happy New Year.

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