However, I'm a few years older than I was a few years back, and as a result I'm feeling some pain. I'm not looking for sympathy, I'm just pointing out why there was no radio show Thursday (hopefully there will be one before the day-night doubleheader on Friday - look for it around 10:30am at www.blogtalkradio.com/johnnymets), and why I won't be back here until possibly Monday night.
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1) This is the biggie - I wore sneakers, which is stupid. I should have worn cleats. But it's softball, I thought, why should I wear cleats!? This is why. Every time I hit the grass in my non-tread sneakers, I fall down. Bad. (See number three.) But I insisted on wearing the sneakers, not the cleats, and I overran first base on a ground ball (I was out), and when I hit the grass, my legs went out from under me, and I felt extreme pain in my left thigh. I think I pulled a muscle - which I've never done before, so I'm not sure what that would feel like. But if I had to imagine what it would feel like, this would be it. So I'm going to diagnose number 1 as a pulled muscle. It hurts to walk...it really does.
2) This was a weird one. I play third base, and a girl hit the ball over the left fielder's head - she was going for a triple. She got to third about the same time as the ball, and I tried to make a tag, reaching out for the ball with my left arm, then sweeping it back, fast, to make the tag. Ouch. I guess I haven't ever moved my left shoulder like that in my life. I thought I pulled it out of its socket. I nearly fainted. But the initial blinding pain went away quickly enough to let me continue playing, I avoided the embarrassment of being the first person to ever have an injury so severe he/she fainted during a softball game, and now it's just sore.
3) This was a holdover from last week, and I blame this on the sneakers as well. I went to the backhand to field a grounder, deep at third, so I was on the grass. And the trusty ol' sneakers gave out. I put my glove hand down to brace my fall, and must have sprained my thumb. This one hurt less because we won the game...but it's still lingering. We're now at 8 days - but I'm almost better, thanks for asking.
So, again, not asking for your sympathy here. I just wanted to fill you in on the injury news. The good news is that I got my car back, repaired, Thursday morning. The bad news is I should be entering my prime, a week shy of my 29th birthday...and yet, I'm nursing injuries from a softball game. It's 7:30pm, and I have to go to bed.