Matt Fields- Blessed to be Playing

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Recently, I’m reminded of how important it is to keep a positive outlook. Our situations in life can change so quickly.

A few weeks ago, I was sitting at home. I was concerned about the future. There were lots of changes happening. My wife and I are in the process of looking for a house. I was making plans, but I didn’t know what was to come. I was going to become a hitting instructor, had applied to be a firefighter, and was thinking about going back to school. Trying to figure out what I truly wanted to do had me stressing out big time.

On top of that, I was feeling like a failure. I knew I still wanted to play, and I had put up great numbers last year. I knew I could still do it, but psychologically, getting released twice and not getting an opportunity had me feeling like a failure. I’m passionate about baseball, and I love it, but I didn’t know what to do.

I’m not a quitter though. I wasn’t going to give up that easy. The time off, and my wife’s support, made me realize how much I still wanted to play. Even though the huge blows had come, I could bounce back. The mental break allowed me to look deep into my soul and know that I wanted to keep pursuing baseball.

Playing for Somerset feels great. Every time I’m able to put the jersey on and step out onto the field for one more game reminds me of how blessed I am. A few weeks ago, I had no idea this was on the horizon, but I knew that something would happen. With hard work, passion and drive, it always does.

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