Most of the time, it causes us all great pain and angst because of their short comings. But we didn’t get that with the Minnesota Twins this year. Despite a Divisional Round exit, I think we can all agree that this year was a success.
They ended a record long drought (6,938 days without a win). They put a complete team on the field that sadly came up just a bit short. Even with that, I don’t think I would be as better off as I am today if not for this team.
I’m not going to bore you or make you feel bad for me. Everyone goes through difficult times. EVERYBODY.
Around the middle of September, I fell into a really dark place in my life. I felt alone, depressed and flat out worthless. I had been sick with a rather extreme and unknown illness since February and my world was pulled out like a rug from underneath me. It was only a matter of time.
I was afraid. It made me seek out help for my mental health. I started seeing a therapist and have since been put on medications to help me get back to feeling okay again. But starting off, even with all these resources, I didn’t feel fine or like myself. The negatives were still on my mind and I had lost interest in doing most things.
Except for the Twins.
Baseball is Therapy
From a young age, I realized how therapeutic baseball was for me. I didn’t think about anything when I played except for what was happening in front of me. Watching it, I feel the same way. Nothing in the world matters at that point in time. I’m sure a lot of people can relate to that.
Thanks to the new pace of play rules, baseball was enjoyable to watch again on television. I personally never had an issue with how the game was played before the changes… but I will admit, this was a good thing. With that being said, I began to watch a lot more games in the starting in September. I had nothing but time with my thoughts, so I wanted to drown them with baseball.
How the Twins played down the stretch until they were eliminated really helped me. They were a terrific team to watch. I became invested in something again and was able to keep busy. Eventually, I wasn’t thinking about all those negative things every second.
I was able to block it out long enough for a baseball game. Why couldn’t I do that all the time then? Silly enough, all it took was to have that mindset.
I still get into funks occasionally, but far less often now. I can honestly say that baseball helped.
Former professional High School Baseball player. 12 Handicap Golfer. Patrick Reusse blocked me for calling him old.