Roll Damn Tide's big reveal. Oh well. Good luck!
UM fan pursues dream in Tuscaloosa
Is now "dead to me".
Obviously I missed something big regarding RDT. What happened? Last I knew he was pretty universally lauded around here. I haven't been on much lately, what did he do?
guaranteed Ty Isaac to U of M. I could be wrong, but I haven't been on as much as normal lately either. Either way, I miss his face.
People should ease up on RDT. He delivers some interesting opinions.
So he's not always right...fair enough.
I just saw the "Waterloo" thread. Just add "I RDT it" to Rabacking it or BKFinesting it. Shit, Sam Webb is hardly 100%. I hate when good people are pushed away.
I always admire anyone who does so for the simple reason that I haven't figured out what my dream is yet, and I'm nearing 40. So how long have you been out of baseball before trying to jump back in?
Much like a fellow poster, I am happy to hear another person pursue their dream, and I am still trying to figure out what my dream is.
acting school? (for our sake, please)
The cliche goes something like "we don't usually regret the things we do - more often we regret the things we don't do" and like a lot of cliches there's a lot of truth in it. Whether you succeed or not, it takes some serious cajones to try out.
"You'll always miss 100% of the shots that you don't take" - Wayne Gretzky
Or, if you want to be a little fancier about it:
"To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself." - Søren Kierkegaard
This is the actual quote, though many often attribute it to Gretzky:
Congrats, if you can pursue a dream that is cool. Just don't take it too personal if the dream doesn't work out as you hope. You will have the knowledge that you gave it a try. No shame, in that.
Im also in Nashville, good luck
If things don't work out in Alabama, stop by Comerica Park the next time you're in town.
We expect updates with pictures!
I am also chasing my dream of making it in media broadcasting.
I'm doing the same. Things are getting better for me. Just got offered a full-time job (not in the media), but in addition, will be doing some broadcasting work for Modern Tribe TV (small media outlet) in Highland Park this fall.
I have to say that sometimes I look back and wish I would have had the drive to further pursue my hockey career. After playing in the CHL and not getting drafted I decided to give on the pursuit of a professional career and went to university (played hockey there as well, but in Canada university hockey isn't what it is in the NCAA.
I was told at the time I had a pretty good chance of getting picked up by a team as a free agent but they would have likely been looking at me to take on an "enforcer" role, which I didn't relish. I love the game too much to put in a role of simply being a fighter so I moved on with my life.
One of my good friends is still in the league today and is in the enforcer role for his team as well. He has played for 15 years and made a lot of money doing what he loves and many times when hanging out with him I start to wonder....what if?
Good luck to you in your pursuit. I hope everything works out for the best for you, whether that is in baseball or something else.
No shame in the enforcer role but also no shame in being who you are today.
out at a youngish age.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
Praying for you dude..good luck in that and whatever you end up doing!
YOLO. Best of luck to you.
I loved playing baseball more than any other sport. I was a pitcher and threw nothing but offspeed junk (my fastball was in essence my change up). When recruiting letters started rolling in more for football and problems with throwing arm starting to grow, halfway through junior year of baseball I stopped playing to focus on training more for football. I may not have gone anywhere for baseball, but I regret it everyday, especially seeing as I scoffed at the actual football offers I did get.
What I'm saying is, congrats on growing a pair and trying to live out your dream. I'm sure there are many of us on here who had aspirations of becoming something in their own respective sport(s), and we'll all live precariously through you. Good luck, and no matter what, I respect you for no longer having to ever say "what if."
Unfortunately, if you do get picked up and start throwing heat in the bigs, you'll have to tell all of us your real name. ANONYMITY LOST!!!! /s
You are a bad ass for doing all that training and going after your dream. Good luck!!!!
Tuscaloosa is a great town. If you can, check out the path the tornado cut, just a half-mile south of the stadium. Craziness. (T-Town, never down!)
Make sure to ask Alex Avila's patron saint to give you some of that good stuff he displayed in that stadium too!!
Good luck to you in Tuscaloosa! (That might be the only time I say that in this life, but this is a great post and kudos to you for having the dedication to do this)
Hopefully, you'll let us know how it goes in a follow-up!
Kudos and good luck to you, sir.
I've always wondered what if when it comes to baseball too. It's not my favorite sport, but I had a mean knuckleball - still do. I don't know if I can throw it 60'6" or not, but I've always wondered, if I had stuck with it and developed it, could I have been the next great knuckleballer?
Good luck with the dream!
Wow, I would have liked someone else from the PAC12 on the schedule. We played Utah twice in the last 5-10 years. Lots of good options for us out there. USC, UCLA, CAL, Stanford, Colorado, Washington, and ASU would have been a nice draw. The 2015 game at Utah could be on a Thursday night in a small stadium.
Seriously? In this thread?
Good luck in T-Town and honk/wave when you pass by us at the Huntsville exit..
make sure u represent Michigan with some Go Blue gear.
If you can throw fastballs for strikes as a lefty I think you'll get some attention. Not a lot more to it than that. At 29, I'm not so sure you'll make the majors, but ain't nothing wrong with spending the summer touring with an AA team somewhere, now is there? That'd offer some great stories, if nothing else!
Livin' the dream! Good Luck! As a Mom (mine are young, though) I agree with what your mom says. You can totally do it.
Don't let ANYONE tell you that you can't do it. It IS possible. You can't achieve your dreams if you don't try. Good luck! I'm definately rooting for you. Live life to the fullest and Go Blue!
If everyone were able to have and recognize a dream, let alone pursue it, the world would be a far happier place. Good luck!
Sincerely, wish you the best! I'd recommend watching Kenny Powers for an example of how to conduct yourself. : /
Funny and sort of related story that my husband likes to tell. He and his brother grew up in Chicago as a Cubs and a White Sox fan, respectively. His brother, who was a year older, apparently had a pretty mean fast ball. So, when he was around 19 and heard that the Cubs were having open tryouts, he thought, why not? I'm sure this was more of a PR stunt than anything, but my brother-in-law went, thinking he was trying out for the Cubs. So he steps on to the mound and starts throwing - his best and fastest pitches. After about 10 of his best throws ever, the guy from the Cubs organization says, "Ok, now let's see some pitches." Deflated, he threw a few more, and then went home. I always admired him for even showing up.
Good luck to you! As Mick Jagger and Ketih Richards wrote, Lose your dreams, and you will lose your mind.
I look forward to the Disney movie(or abc family at the least). Good luck!!!
Prayer sent your way. Good luck, dude. No matter what, you are pursuing your dreams, so doubts will never cloud your mind.
dream chases you!
But seriously, hope it works out for you. My dream was always to create a wall of paperwork to protect pharmaceutical companies from the evils of the FDA and those stupid consumers. I encouraged my little brother to be a artist, he's a very happy man. I'm not complaining, my life is good.
what summer league did you play in?
Best of luck from one southpaw to another!
Wish I could go to T-Town and cheer you on. Good luck homie and leave it all on the field. Most of us dont have the talent to even be taken seriously by scouts. All MGo prayers go out to you hoping you make it to the Big Leagues...and stick
Best of luck.
If you make it to the show as a lefty you can make enough money that you could reopen the publisher so Brian doesn't have to use kickstarter any more.
However this works out at least you chose a path and commited to it.
Lets cut the crap Geaux Blue. I only got one thing to say to you, strike This motherfucker out!
Forget about he curve ball GB, give em the heater!...
Oh yeah just to play it safe, put some snot on the ball to get some extra movement....
In all seriousness and cheesy quotes aside....., go down there and don't leave anything on the table. Good luck bro.
No matter what happens, simply the decision to put yourself on the line is a triumph in itself. The going for it can be as fulfilling as whatever the original dream had to offer.
Thanks for putting it out there so we can root for you!
Dining advice while in Tuscaloosa:
1. Eat at City Cafe in nearby Northport for a great meat and 3 diner.
2. Eat at Dreamland BBQ, its legendary.
3. 15th Street Diner, if its still there.