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September call-ups always trigger some emotions

August 29, 2011

Laguna Hills, CA – The last couple of weeks, or months for that matter, have been somewhat dormant around the household about professional baseball. Surely from the standpoint about my son’s career with the Kansas City Royals club and his progress on the field have been very scarce. The September call-ups will always trigger some emotions around the Lamb house for many reasons. This time of the year usually offers some heated discussions about the grind of a long professional baseball season from both on and off the field issues. The game’s front-runners, disappointments, what-ifs, roster moves, injuries, off the field contracts, Major League Baseball pennant races, Minor League play-offs and the preparation to a short off-season are merely a few of the topics that can ignite extra feelings under our roof and many others I’m sure within the industry of pro ball. Rarely does a day go by without baseball being discussed in the house but this time of the year simply magnifies our thoughts from Orange County.

As many already know, John Lamb continues his rehabilitation assignment from his ‘Tommy John’ surgery back in June. It’s soothing to share he has indicated progress is moving smoothly down the long path of recovery. Not one day goes by without popping in to check on his teammate’s progress from the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, or the other affiliations within the Royals farm system. Some sadness comes from inability by my son to contribute towards another Texas League Championship at the Double-A level. It is very easy to dream of what if this, or that, could have happened but it really serves no purpose for digesting a difficult situation. The Naturals have a talented team and the Lamb family wishes them all well during their push toward the end of the long season schedule.

All other topics of baseball discussions, this time of year, are off-limits here due to my continued contractual obligations with the Florida Marlins. I’ve been extremely blessed to have four consecutive contracts with the Marlins and there is no desire to jeopardize my personal integrity for the benefit of increasing blog visits, or tweets, over my opinions. This site, believe it or not, has already been criticized within portions of the industry for exercising a small voice to simply connect our family experiences with professional baseball in a tactful manner.

One of the driving forces behind sharing is to give my wonderful wife a small break from the regular baseball discussions around the house. However, it must be shared that recently there have been days during her summer vacation, when stepping out of the office at 5:00pm EST, the television has already been turned to the MLB Network for the Intentional Talk program with Chris Rose and Kevin Millar. I can only hope she doesn’t have a crush on either of the hosts and that she really enjoys the fantastic show. Behind every baseball man trying to survive in this great game stands a woman who can truly make or break his efforts. I’ve got a good one and I have no desire to let the seasonal spike of emotions force me to start looking for another.

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One Comment
  1. September 8, 2011 09:25

    Why would anyone criticize this blog? It’s even worse coming from within the baseball community!

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