The Ups and Downs of Baseball

by Jenny on April 19, 2012


The crack of a bat. America’s Pastime. A fun family outing on a hot summer day. A relaxing atmosphere where you can kick back with a beer and a hotdog and take in the smells, sights and sounds of the ballpark.

Yes, baseball may be all of those things and more to the fans but when you are on the other side of baseball, it can be a whole different ball game. Yes, baseball is still a game for the players and their families but it is also a job, a career, an emotional roller coaster…life.

Unless you are new to LoveEatRun, you know that Brian, my significant other, is a professional baseball player. He’s played in a few different organizations in MLB, making his way through the minor leagues and a couple of seasons on big league rosters and this season we made the big move to International baseball, where he is currently playing in the KBO in South Korea.

We came to Korea with high hopes and expectations for the season. Brian finished last season with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in a very strong fashion and we were excited to see what the new season would bring. However, like with any sport, there are differences between baseball in the States and baseball in Korea. Some may only be slight differences but they are differences all the same.

B spent a lot of time in Spring Training getting adjusted to Korean baseball and was excited for the regular season to begin. Unfortunately, the day before the season opener he came down with a stomach virus that sidelined him for longer than we would have hoped. His first outing was pushed back from Thursday to Sunday, after coming off of 23 days before his last Spring Training outing. Any pitcher knows that this isn’t ideal conditions.

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After a rough first start, the team made the decision to move Brian to the bullpen until he got his bearings pitching against Korean hitters. His second game in the bullpen, last night, he was called on to the pitch and again didn’t have his best stuff. After the game, the team informed him that he was being sent to the minor leagues to work on his pitching, get back to being 100% healthy and to get some more experience under his belt in this league.

Just like when playing back home, no one is immune to the system. There’s never a day in baseball where players go into the clubhouse knowing their job is secure or that they will be in the same city the following day. It’s a game of uncertainty. A game of changes. A game of designations and trade, releases and signings. You play the odds when you play this game.

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For the fans, its America’s pastime. It’s a Sunday at the ballpark. But for the families on the other side of baseball, it’s a roller coaster. It has its ups and its downs. It’s good days and its bad days. But overall, it’s an experience. An experience that not every little leaguer gets to be a part of. An experience that regardless of the ups and downs, is our life. And we wouldn’t trade it for anything.

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And that reason, that baseball is our life, is the exact reason that Brian will go back out there, put the pieces back together and again be the pitcher that we know he is.

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 eagles fan April 19, 2012 at 3:51 pm

Hello Jenny, I do believe in Brian and that he is a good addition to the team! I hope he can bring his condition up soon. We will wait for him to come back! Warm regards to you and Brian. ~ eagles fan


2 eagles fan 2 April 19, 2012 at 4:40 pm

me to xoxo


3 Jenny April 19, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Thank you!!!!


4 Jenny April 19, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Thank you for the well wishes and the support! We appreciate it!


5 Stella Park( Stella is my catholic name) April 19, 2012 at 3:53 pm

I have read your articles happily. I was very pleased with your previous lines and pictures. But somehow this post made me frustrated. First of all, I still have a good impression on Brian. I really wish he could show better pitch soon on Big league. However please do not make an excuse. As you know of, Brian is a professional baseball player. He had an experience in major. No one could give him a 100% positive condition except Brian. He probably know this better. A stomach virus that he suffered for days before starting season could be an excuse for one time but not all the time because after his suffering, you and him posted photos of Brian eating Nachos and drinking beer cans showing to visitors that his stomach works well. Since the baseball player usually ruin his seasons with muscle pain, ankle sprain and etc but not the virus, this post gives me a disappointment also. Don’t you think it would funny if a pitcher throw up his season because of short term diarrhea? I guess Brian should know that he has to admit the current situation and should only concentrate on to grow up his ball velocity and work up with his arms. I am still proud of him therefore please do not give him any more disappointment. Hope to see his professional pitching soon. All the best


6 Jenny April 19, 2012 at 4:59 pm

There is no place in this post that is making excuses for Brian’s pitching. Yes, he is a professional baseball player which is why he knows what he needs to do to get his game back to 100%. There is no blame on stomach issues, I was simply stating that his first start was pushed back because he was sick and therefore he was out of his usual routine. He is feeling much better now, thanks, and has his full strength back, allowing him to eat things that are normal part of his diet at home, like chips and salsa (with an iced tea and lemonade drink – half & half or Arnold Palmer as it has been called, not a beer). There is no “throwing up his season because of short term diarrhea”. No where in this post emphasizes that he was giving up on his season…more so, quite the opposite…he’s working even harder to get back with the big league team.

With that being said, thank you for the support and good wishes for him.


7 Jeremy April 19, 2012 at 10:04 pm

One of the many things I know about you and Brian is that excuses are not a part of your life. I have complete faith in both of you and know that Brian will be back to 100% in no-time. I’ve only encountered a few other people who possess the work ethic that you and B do – it’s a rare and inspiring thing. Thank you for sharing your journeys with us and for being so open and candid! Life is never easy, but you make the best of what you’re given, which is exactly what the two of you have done and continue to do. Love to you both!! <3


8 Jenny April 20, 2012 at 9:23 am

Thank you Jeremy!! We love you and can’t wait for double dates with you and Shane when we are back home!


9 Mom/Bern April 20, 2012 at 12:02 am

Well said Jeremy.
Jenny and Brian… even though we have been fans of baseball forever…I must say that being a fan and living the life of a player are two different ballparks. Excuse the pun!. I believe this was the intent of your post. Be strong in your love and commitment to each other. This is just a dip in the coaster ride. We love you both! XOXOXO


10 Jenny April 20, 2012 at 9:22 am

Thanks Mom!! We couldn’t be doing any of this without you and Dad and B’s parents as well. We love you!


11 Rain April 20, 2012 at 7:53 pm

The main thing is that you two are together and all good things will happen for both of you. Look forward to everyday together and everything will work out. You guys are the best!


12 Sheila April 21, 2012 at 1:27 am

I could’nt agree more with Jer and Bern. It’s sad to see negative remarks but everyone has a right to their opinion, just don’t let it get to you. Im sure Brian is gonna be tip top in no time and right back where he wants to be. This is my first post and I have to say I am loving reading your posts, really love the telli’s tales ( he’s here with me now saying Hi mommy and daddy!!!!) they really crack me up :) . Hope you guys have a wonderful weekend, miss you both!!!!! XoXo


13 Jenny April 21, 2012 at 10:56 am

Thank you Sheila!!! We really appreciate the support!!!

And we also appreciate the help with Telli back home!! Give him hugs from us please!! Miss you – see you in June!!!


14 songyeonghoon May 22, 2012 at 8:37 pm

I’m a big fan of the Hanwha Eagles.
Speak English using Google translator is not know.
Hanwha was in a nasty comment about the last of the fans would like to apologize on behalf of.
Because of a bad comment about the bad feelings throughout South Korea Please do naught Except for
On behalf of Hanwha’s fans once again apologize for the previous comment.


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