Home » Sports » Hot Corner: Sports and soreness go together

Hot Corner: Sports and soreness go together

By Rich Palzewic
Sports Editor

It’s been a few years since I laced up the spikes and swung a bat consistently, but I recently joined a church softball league with other like-minded people.

We’ve played three games thus far, and we haven’t won yet.

Rich Palzewic

It’s been fun, and we’ve been practicing social distancing, but I haven’t been this sore in years.

Sprinting for short bursts around the bases, running to the outfield as a cut-off man and fielding grounders is a lot different than getting on my bike for an hour.

I was given the task of playing shortstop, a position in softball that gets quite a bit of action.

During my first game a few weeks ago, the first batter on the opposing team hit a ball right at me, and I made the play – it felt good.

Two weeks later, I’ve probably had 20 chances, making a majority of them.

I even caught a wicked liner to my right with a diving stab.

It garnered some “nice catch” comments from the opposing team.

During my first at-bat of the season, I drilled a fly ball over the left fielder’s head for a double.

I felt like Robert Redford in the baseball movie “The Natural” and thought maybe I knocked the cover off the ball.

I also currently have skinned knees, a pulled quad muscle and a bruise on my inner thigh that’s purple from a bad-hop grounder.

When I told our pitcher I was a catcher for many years in baseball, his response was, ‘That explains a lot.’”

I also heard through the grapevine he called me an “animal in the field.”

Catchers in baseball have a different mindset – they sacrifice their bodies for the good of the team.

Even though I’m now playing shortstop, I use the same mentality – get in front of the ball and knock it down.

So far, I’ve saved a good many runs taking this approach, but it’s been tough on my 47-year-old body.

One year, on my men’s league team when I was 40, I was bowled over by a runner at the plate.

He was ejected, and my teammates went wild in celebration.

Oddly enough, I felt lucky to be in the situation helping my team win.

After our games on Sunday, I feel decent on Monday.

Tuesday and Wednesday bring more soreness before I start to feel better on Thursday.

That will be the cycle for a few more weeks – that, and some ice and Advil.

I told my daughter after our last game I’m not sure how much longer I can do this – maybe I’ll hang it up when I turn 50.

Others will tell me to take it easy, but I can’t do that.

The only way I know how to play is all out, even at my advanced age.

As for now, I’m going to ice again and look forward to Sunday’s game.

Facebook Comments
Scroll to Top