It seems this challenge will have run its course by the end of this year’s version. It’s been so quiet that I even missed the posting date.
Though nobody has really been participating, so the deadlines aren’t as big.
Alas, I will finish out this year. I do think the lack of true baseball has led to forgetfulness, but at the same time I’ve tried this several times in the past and not many people have taken part. People just don’t really blog baseball.
So this year is likely the last year of this challenge.
It’s kind of like a great pitch. One of those ones where it catches you right on the hand with a soft swing, or you have committed to a swing on a low, outside pitch and you are basically fishing for the ball.
You get popped up.
A quick and easy out for the opposing team.
Pop ups always bothered me. And I had my fair share of them in baseball and softball. It always felt like a wasted at bat. If you got out in other ways, things could fit the narrative a little.
But a pop up?
That being said. Take a look at pop ups. We always get pissy over the batter, but what about the pitcher? You know the one who throws an off-speed pitch and you end up swinging way ahead and popping up because you were way out in front guessing fastball. You have to give the pitcher credit in the situation, too. It’s not always just the batter not coming through.
That’s baseball – and life – in a nutshell, isn’t it?
Life throws you off-speed pitches and curves and everything else. Sometimes you crush it, other times a weak pop up.
Then you just have to readjust, and look forward to the next opportunity. It’s the only thing you can do.
I don’t play ball anymore, so when I’m popped up it’s more metaphorical than anything now. But the idea is always the same.
Moral of the story? Try and sit on the off-speed stuff so you can get a solid swing. Again, it’s as true in baseball as it is in life.
Can of Corn Challenge 7: Popped up
The Can of Corn Challenge is a monthly blogging challenge that runs from February-October. You can see all information, as well as themes for 2020 by visiting this blog post. Feel free to join us for any and all themes! The linkup will remain live each month for about seven days.