They say “baseball is America’s pastime,” and for the past three summers, I have spent my Tuesday nights playing softball for my friend’s church. I decided to play because I thought it would be a fun outdoor summer activity and as a way to meet new people. I played softball as a kid, though I admit I can’t run as fast or hit the ball as far as I used to. However, I still enjoy the sport and the challenge of pushing myself.
Our team finished its season at the end of July, coming in fourth place with a 7-5 record. But it was the feeling of being a part of a team and the camaraderie with my teammates that I enjoyed more than the wins. I had fun cheering them on, congratulating them on a good hit or great catch, and showing support when they struck out or missed a catch. I also felt that being reciprocated toward me. Off the field, I also have developed some new friendships that have extended beyond the softball season.
There’s something about being a part of the team, whether it is a sports or work team, or a team at church. Coming together to try to accomplish or achieve a common goal can be rewarding. It also can be frustrating and difficult, especially when the results don’t go your way or if differences of opinion or in personalities get in the way. Though I can be a pretty shy person, I enjoy working with others and I definitely enjoyed working with my softball teammates. We made a pretty good team and had fun! I’m looking forward to another season next spring!