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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Success

When are we first made aware of the term success?

I cannot remember playing in the sand box eating dried cat poop and thinking, "is this going to help me be successful when I'm older?" I didn't have ambitions of owning a boat or having a pool, no; I was just interested in tasting those giant crusty raisins in the sand box.

I cannot remember exactly when it was that I first became aware of what the word success meant, but I do know that this word and the implications behind it has managed to topple friends and build empires. Today's society is shrouded by the fallacy that money is what makes a person successful. Sure, you might say, "Money doesn't buy happiness, but I'd feel better crying in my Lamborghini." This may be true, but have you seen the taxes you have to pay for those things? It's more than enough to make a person weep.

I digress. Over time we as a society have lost touch with what success is versus what is should be. The glitz and the glamour have replaced a person's own self worth. In the end we need to reevaluate what we consider the important things. Success in turn needs to be defined on a case by case individual scale

A New Direction

I've gone through some unique changes in my life recently. It's weird being at such a young age and feeling as if I've lived the world through and through. Maybe this is how most young people feel. I don't know really, I feel as if I haven't been a young person since I was 16. Ever since then I've put this enormous amount of pressure on myself to be something greater than what I can be at my current state. I continued to do that while creating this blog. I'm supposed to post merely 150 words once a week, weekly. I have failed to do that because I have taken an assignment so mundane and easy and turned it into a soul searching experience, which much to my professor's dismay has caused me to slip behind in class.

Jimmy Valvano said, "To me there are three things everyone should do every day. Number one is laugh. Number two is think -- spend some time time in thought. Number three, you should have your emotions move you to tears. If you laugh, think and cry, that's a heck of a day." In the last two weeks I've spent time trying to find myself and trying to think about what really makes me happy. When I look back at that famous quote by Coach Valvano I realized that writing does all of those things for me. Not just writing about sports, but writing. Writing, whether I'm good at it or not becomes a therapeutic tool that allows for all of my thoughts to be spilled onto paper (or screen is more likely) and stay there for me to refer back to when the times comes. I will spend the remainder of my time just writing to write, because after all that's what truly makes me happy.  


Thursday, October 31, 2013

Uncertainty "Please Never Read This"

I'm not really sure where this post will fit into the grand scheme of things. I have been writing, or trying to write about sports for years now. I find myself a little bit older than when I started and a little worse at writing. The frustration that encompasses my work is creating a vicious never ending cycle of typing and deleting....typing and deleting....typing and dele....

So here i am again, back on this blog, trying a figure out what it is that I want to say. Is there anything really important that comes from the words that I put down? Or is this all just empty verbiage that will be read only by my professor? The latter will probably be the case. I will most likely fail to embody my talent due to my lack of effort and my indecisiveness which keeps me from pulling the trigger on any piece of work that I start on.

Where does the disconnect take place? Insecurities shining through with each imperfect line that gets deleted. These same insecurities hindering my performance in other aspects of my life, this unsupportive fear that I have which keeps from jumping. Taking that proverbial leap off of the safe ledge on which I reside and never feeling the rush of water at the bottom swallowing me up.

I hope that this makes sense... Although, I'm at a point where I'm not too sure that I care if it does or doesn't. By the end of the weekend I will have restructured my blog. I'm not too sure yet what will be the primary focus for my next piece of writing but I can be sure of one thing, I need to stop playing it safe. Sports are amazing and great and I love everything that they represent in my life, but to be honest.... I need a change.

This is it, I'm taking the first step to becoming a risk taker, a healthy one. Better turn this in before I decide to del.......

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Infield Review

Brad Miller and Nick Franklin

The Seattle Mariners once again failed to deliver on promises made in the preseason by the front office. A team fielding the fifth youngest roster in the MLB showed much promise in spring training posting a 22-11 record in preseason which was good enough to sit second overall. King Felix had just signed a massive contract extension, solidifying him as the true King of Seattle for many years to come. Fans had a lot to be excited for.

Although, it is beneficial to be cautiously optimistic as a Mariners fan, this year seemed different. General Manager Jack Zduriencik looked excited as he promised that he foresaw a winning record being the end result for this year's squad. Let's take a look at the opening day starting infield and see what happened after all was said and done:

Jesus Montero, C: Montero started off cold and never really lifted off. After just 29 games Montero the 23 year-old former top prospect was hitting .209 and was sent down to AAA Tacoma; he ended the year with a 50 game suspension after testing positive for PED's. The Mariners are still struggling 10 years later to find a replacement for Dan Wilson.

Justin Smoak, 1B: This was the year that the big switch hitting country boy whom Seattle gave up so much for a few years back was going to shine. Jack Z has invested a lot in the young first baseman and 2013 showed glimpses as Smoak at one point raised his batting average to .272 midseason. Hot bats cool off and Smoak ended the year at .238 with career highs in home runs (20) and strikeouts (119).

Dustin Ackley, 2B: Dustin Ackley has been the most anticipated player to come through the Mariners system in a long time, the former National Freshman of the Year at North Carolina has been groomed as the face of the future. Ackley at 25 hit only .252 and saw his position taken by upcoming infielder Nick Franklin. Ackley ended the year in the outfield and may be looking for a job soon.

Kyle Seager, 3B: A bright spot in the Mariners order throughout the year, the 25 year old solidified his name among rising stars in the MLB this year. Although Seager ended the year with a .260 batting average he spent most of the year around .300 and played in all but two games for the M's this year.

The Mariners do have a lot to be excited about with the coming out of rookie shortstop Brad Miller and fellow rookie Nick Franklin. Even though Catcher has been a consistent problem; rookie Mike Zunino was having a progressive year before a season ending injury (broken hamate bone). Assuming the Mariners bring back the infielders that started the end of the year; Zunino, Smoak, Franklin, Miller and Seager the average age of the infield will be will be 23.5 years old with Smoak being the veteran at 26. This is either promising or frightening for M's fans.

Next week I will go in depth about the Mariners outfield.

Friday, September 27, 2013

This is Our Year!


The Seahawks are off to a great start which is a relief to a city that has endured it's fair share of heartbreaks. Just as the familiar feeling of melancholy started to set in from another Mariners season filled with unfulfilled promises and prospect after prospect that continued to fizzle out, a wave swept Seattle. As if touched by some out of this world entity Russell Wilson stretched his wings and lifted up the Northwest in a single swoop. From Pikes Place to Bellingham, the 12th man frenzy has begun. The Seahawks; ranked the preseason number one team in football have silenced all doubters with a 3-0 record to start the season. It is time now for the grey skies to clear and make room for the Blue and Green as the Hawks start a run at Seattle's first championship.

Monday, September 23, 2013

The First Post


Courtesy USA Today

Well here it begins. This is the start of yet another writer's attempt at not falling into mediocrity. My hopes are that you all will enjoy my oft sorrowed heart as I follow my lovable underdogs that make up Seattle sports. I will be covering recaps from the University of Washington Huskies, Seahawks, Sounders (although admittedly that could get rough) and my final thoughts on the Mariners season.

The main goal of this platform will be for myself to continue to refine my craft and finally commit to this writing thing. In the past I have always sat down at the keyboard and said, "Today is the day!" well... that day and no other day seemed to be the right day.

Here is begins though, it can't be any more disappointing than this season for the M's. Wish me luck.

-CJ