Identity

So I just wanted to take a little more time tonight after my first blog post to talk about something important to me. I’ve been blessed with this unbelievable platform as a baseball player and I’d like to give a little bit more of my personal story outside of baseball as well.

Really, to start off, I just want to talk about my identity. For a long time, my identity was defined as a baseball player. Everyone knew me as a baseball player, that’s what I considered myself as and how I described myself, and a baseball player is what I was. Sure I’m also a son, a brother, a friend, and all these other things, but first and foremost, I was a ball player. I poured my time into it, I attributed self-worth to it, and it consumed me. A good day or a bad day at the field dictated my mood the rest of the time.

So am I still this way? Well, I’m still a baseball player. But baseball doesn’t define me anymore. So what changed? My relationship with Jesus Christ. Now I understand that it’s easy to dismiss this blog post as just another person shoving religion down your throat or you may cast it off as sounding cliche. Here I am, going to Eastern Mennonite University so I must be this super religious nut, but hear me out first.

So my identity changed because my priorities changed. No longer was I attributing my self-worth to something not in my control. See, baseball is a tough sport. Even on your best days you are going to fail. It was hard to stay positive when my value revolved around my athletic success. But once God, who is unchanging, got into the mix, I found life to be so much easier. I wasn’t going through so many mood swings. I was on an even level because I knew that I am His no matter what.

I have a new identity now. One that is centered on something that is so much stronger. I absolutely love the game of baseball. It’s been an incredibly rewarding game for me. But I also know that my ability, and the rewards I have been afforded in baseball have only come through God. It only makes sense then to worship Him instead of the game.

I’m incredibly thankful for the chance to write for this website and to share the experiences of this year with you, but I’d be leaving out a HUGE experience if I also didn’t tell you about what God is doing in my life. Whether you are a believer or not, part of my story (a major part) is my relationship with Christ. So I won’t leave anything out or try to spare anyone who is sensitive to this kind of thing. Because this is my kind of thing, and it’s who I am. This is my identity, and I’m excited to share it with you.

ATP

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First Weekend Wrap-Up

Well I have to admit, this post is coming a little late as we finished up opening weekend last Sunday, but we have been hard at work in practice and so I’m just now getting around to recapping. What an exciting weekend it was though. We managed to sweep our first series down in North Carolina. We played two tight ball games. In the second game we were up 4-2 in the bottom of the inning and loaded the bases with no outs. We managed to escape with a 4-3 win and it was one of the best wins I’ve been a part of here at EMU. We took an early lead on Sunday at Ferrum and ended up giving it up, but battled back in the 9th to give ourselves a chance, we just couldn’t score the tying run. Going 2-1 on the weekend against some quality teams was definitely a boost for the team though. It was awesome to see all the hard work we have put in pay off. We got right back to work though and have had a solid week of practice in some really cold weather. It’s all in preparation for a Tuesday matchup against CNU who are ranked 8th in the nation and are coming off a conference sweep. The season is about to really start picking up for us now as we get into the meat of our schedule.

I can’t stress enough how different this team is from the teams I’ve been a part of in the past here at EMU. This is a competitive and fiery ball club with a lot of scrap. It’s a ton of fun to be around. There was nothing but focus for every inning this past weekend and everyone had their mind set on a common goal. There was no selfishness among anyone. That couldn’t always be said about the past EMU teams. Several people watching the games over the weekend remarked about how different our team is and so there are a lot of positive steps being taken here. A lot of it has to do with Coach Spotts continuing to push us in the right direction and leading us. The team has also bought into the mentality and things are just snowballing from there.

The weekend was very positive for us. I couldn’t help but dwell on the Ferrum loss for a little while and think about how close we were to being 3-0. That one stung for a little while. I think a lot of the guys felt the same way. We’ve put in countless hours and so it’s tough to swallow that pill. Since then, we have moved on and refocused. With a lot of big games coming up, we know that we have to bring it every time we step on the field, so it does no good to keep thinking about what might have been.

EMU baseball is different this year. While it doesn’t do much good to just say that, I think we took the first step in showing it. A lot of people took notice that this is a new ball club, and one that can compete. It’s really a great feeling to be around this program right now and I’m enjoying the ride.

ATP

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NCBWA Names Preseason Stopper of the Year Watch List

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (NCBWA) — Seventy-five players have been named to the initial watch list for the ninth annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award, given to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I baseball, as announced by the association on Friday.

Oregon junior Jimmie Sherfy, a 2012 Stopper of the Year Award finalist, and Texas junior Corey Knebel, the 2011 winner of the Stopper of the Year Award, headline the list of preseason nominees for the 2013 award.  Sherfy recorded 19 saves and went 5-3 with a 2.20 ERA and 93 strikeouts as the Ducks advanced to the 2012 Super Regionals. Last season as a sophomore, Knebel collected nine saves and went 4-5 with a 2.08 ERA and 68 strikeouts in 73.2 innings pitched for the Longhorns. Continue reading

On the Bump – February 4, 2013

Hello Gents’ fans and welcome back to “On the Bump”. We are now less than a week away from Opening Day and I could not be more excited. Imagine the excitement of a child on Christmas Day, multiply that times five, and that probably describes how excited I am for the season to start. Opening Day means a 0-0 record, a fresh slate, and high hopes for everyone. This week I will briefly discuss our week of practice, introduce to you our pitching staff, and talk about the teams that we will be playing this upcoming weekend.

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Delta St Ranked No. 1 in NCBWA Preseason Poll

Jordan Chovanec and the Statesmen enter the season ranked No.1 in the NCBWA preseason poll. Image via http://www.gostatesmen.com

Rk School (#1 votes)   W-L Pts. Prev.
1. Delta State (3) 49-15 283 10
2. St. Mary’s, Texas (4) 49-11 279 2
3. Central Missouri (1) 48-9 271 4
4. Mount Olive, N.C. (1) 44-10 261 7
5. West Chester, Pa. (3) 38-10 252 13
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National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association DII Preseason Regional Rankings

ATLANTIC REGION TOP 10
Rk School (#1 votes) W-L Pts. Prev.
1. West Chester, Pa. (8) 38-10 98 2
2. Mercyhurst, Pa. (2) 38-15 84 4
3. Seton Hill, Pa. 42-8 82 1
4. Shippensburg, Pa. 32-21 57 5
5. Kutztown, Pa. 31-15 56 3
6. Millersville, Pa. 25-23-1 41 9
7. Slippery Rock, Pa. 25-25-1 27 RV
8. California, Pa. 26-24 24 10
9. Pitt-Johnstown, Pa. 24-25 18 NR
10. Indiana, Pa. 25-23 17 NR
Also receiving votes: Gannon, Pa. (25-23) 10 points;
Shepherd, W. Va. (27-21) 10 points; East Stroudsburg, Pa.
(24-21-1) 5 points; Charleston, W. Va. (27-21) 3 points; West
Virginia Wesleyan (28-19) 2 points; Bloomsburg, Pa. (25-20) 9
points; Concord, W. Va. (24-26) 7 points; Alderson-Broaddus
(29-24); 4 points.

CENTRAL REGION TOP 10
Rk School (#1 votes) W-L Pts. Prev.
1. Central Missouri (5) 48-9 76 T-1*
2. Minnesota State (2) 51-12 72 1
3. St. Cloud State, Minn. (1) 48-14 65 2
4. Missouri Western 34-17 50 6*
5. Southern Arkansas 37-17 41 5* Continue reading