Reflections on Omaha
This year was the first time I have ever really followed the College World Series. What a great year to start! Of course, I got into it because the boys from Baton Rouge were headed to Rosenblatt. And I’m so glad I followed the whole series. It was a really wonderful experience for me and my family, in the air-conditioned comfort of our living room. As I reflect on my first College World Series adventure, several interesting life notes come to mind:
1. Life really is a team sport. We need one another. We need the strength of teammates. We need the energy of others to lift us up when we are down. We need the perspective of teammates and coaches to calm us and challenge us when we need it. I just can’t win on my own.
2. We play better with great fan support. Frankly, with LSU, sometimes the only clear divider between players and fans is the wall that separates the seats from the field. This is true for all of us, not just athletes with official jerseys. We need to know someone knows us and is rooting for us. Alone is hell.
3. Despite our best plans, life often reminds how much is out of our control. From rain delays to wind changes to umpire bags that can’t hold back the sweat of two hours in 100+ degree heat, life can really throw us some curveballs. (I just couldn’t resist that one!) And we can get bent out of shape and camp out in our disappointment, or make some adjustments and play on.
4. Life is played in seasons. And seasons are marked by stretches of routine, interspersed with moments of great drama, great rejoicing, and great agonizing.
5. Living well takes a lot of hard work and discipline.
6. Life can be tons of fun, especially when we are willing to put in the work at the right time, and then relax and enjoy at the right time.
7. Beneath our various uniforms, we are all people in the same race. I was so grateful for the way ESPN included life stories about the players and coaches, as it reminded me that these guys may be focused on performing in certain roles right now, but those roles are just roles. It isn’t who they are.
Take me out to the ballgame!