he's chasing dreams hitting seams.
she's chasing dreams talking sports.
In my last post, we thought Matt was only a week out from being back with the OKC team. I moved everything to OKC, started my job, etc. We thought we had it figured out for the most part.
Then baseball laughed at us right in our faces…
Matt was feeling great. Had taken BP multiple days at 100% and had no pain or symptoms. He went to start his game progression in Arizona. First at bat first swing, he was right back to ground zero — even a little worse on the pain scale.
I started questioning all the decisions we had made. I can’t believe I’m not there with him to help him through this. People were telling me I was crazy for moving without him. (And maybe I was.) But I like I said in my last post we didn’t have other options and felt it was best…he was going to be back in a week anyway... (Side note: Everyone has a different journey in this life. There isn't a right or wrong way to do things. You do what you think is best for your situation.)
Obviously, rehabbing is frustrating. Having an injury is frustrating. Matt having to pay for part of the hotel in AZ, me paying rent and bills in OKC and being a part is frustrating. Watching all your friends be amidst in baseball season and we’re just feeling kind of stagnant is frustrating.
Matt got hurt again in the game about a week ago now, and after the first couple of days of the pity party (on both our ends), we talked and decided to change our mindsets.
Matt has been through a lot of crap in his baseball journey. From not getting as many offers as we felt he should out of high school, to getting hurt his junior year of college, to not even getting drafted after his junior year and all the other draft nonsense he went through. We felt the same frustrations through those that we do now. But like I told Matt looking back all of those tough times have been blessings. We certainly didn’t see that in the moment but we see that now.
We’re trying to have better attitudes through this tough time now. We don’t exactly know what the blessing will be through this — God’s timing or telling us to just slow down or wanting us to figure out how our mindsets are going to be in tough times (because this won’t be the last hardship) or something else.
Last season was so easy. It was seriously almost perfect in any and every way. This was my fear. Matt getting hurt and me feeling like he was losing all the momentum from last season. But that’s not the case at all. The Dodgers have reassured Matt he has nothing to prove. He doesn’t need all the AAA at-bats. He’s not missing out on opportunities. He just needs to get healthy. My thoughts, expectations and perspectives change almost everyday living this baseball life. And I’m thankful for that.
So as far as Matt’s timetable for return now, we’re not exactly sure. He’s feeling better but hasn’t done anything baseball related in a week. He’ll go through the practice progression (throwing, dry swings, hitting off tee, cage BP, field BP, etc.) then he’ll go through game progressions (play three innings then five then seven then nine or whatever the trainers decide). We’ll see how that goes. I’ve been with him in AZ the past few days and will spend the next week with him!
I’ll keep you guys updated on his return. I made this blog to share the good, the bad and the ugly through this journey. These things aren't the easiest to share, but we're trusting the process and these are part of the process.
Matt & Jesica Beaty
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"Strive for the impossible because it makes the possible seem effortless." -Matt Beaty