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#1 AJPettersen

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Posted 02 March 2014 - 06:16 PM

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#2 Thrylos

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Posted 02 March 2014 - 06:36 PM

Good luck AJ! Enjoy the game. I am rooting for you.

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Posted 02 March 2014 - 07:29 PM

This is what it's all about, and thank you so much for reminding us. Have a fun spring!

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Posted 02 March 2014 - 08:02 PM

Don't fall off the scooter and injure yourself!

Good luck this year

#5 Don't Feed the Greed Guy

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Posted 02 March 2014 - 08:14 PM

Have a great spring, AJ. In our home, Babe Ruth baseball sign up registration forms arrived last week, for two boys who got a chance to see you "play" last summer. Thanks for making time for them, Olivia, Alexis, and Ray.

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Posted 02 March 2014 - 10:51 PM

Nice note. My guess is that you will do well with a lot of things outside of the game.

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Posted 03 March 2014 - 08:37 AM

Good luck AJ! Thanks for the glimpse into your thoughts.....if you have children, the little ones spend the better part of your life reminding you how to live.

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Posted 03 March 2014 - 09:21 AM

Thanks AJ. Good luck

#9 DAM DC Twins Fans

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Posted 03 March 2014 - 12:19 PM

Thanks for great article AJ. Good luck in spring training and the 2014 season.

#10 AJPettersen

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Posted 03 March 2014 - 03:33 PM

Good luck AJ! Enjoy the game. I am rooting for you.


Thank you, I appreciate that!

#11 AJPettersen

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Posted 03 March 2014 - 03:33 PM

Don't fall off the scooter and injure yourself!

Good luck this year


Haha, I am usually walking.

#12 AJPettersen

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Posted 03 March 2014 - 03:34 PM

Have a great spring, AJ. In our home, Babe Ruth baseball sign up registration forms arrived last week, for two boys who got a chance to see you "play" last summer. Thanks for making time for them, Olivia, Alexis, and Ray.


I played Babe Ruth growing up! Where did you see me play last year? Best of luck to your boys and I appreciate the kind words!

#13 AJPettersen

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Posted 03 March 2014 - 03:35 PM

Nice note. My guess is that you will do well with a lot of things outside of the game.


Thank you very much and thanks for reading.

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Posted 03 March 2014 - 05:29 PM

Well done. I was excited to read you again this year. Best of luck going forward, I'm pulling for you.

#15 Madre Dos

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Posted 03 March 2014 - 07:29 PM

See you Saturday AJ!

#16 Seth Stohs

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Posted 03 March 2014 - 09:05 PM

Hey... I'll see you Saturday too, AJ!!

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Posted 03 March 2014 - 09:29 PM

Two reactions:

First, I had a long talk with Trevor May about paying attention to the process instead of the results. It seems to me that "play" and "having" help with that. It's easier to get lost in the moment and to let the tough bounces and hops go when you're in the moment. And it's easier to be in the moment when you'er having fun.

I was also struck by the paragraph about stressing about the things outside of playing and outside of your control. This is not unique to baseball. I know a LOT of people who hate their job but like what they do. They like the task they'e paid to do - say, write - but all the other stuff around it makes them hate their job. They don't trust their boss, or their coworkers, or they think the company isn't doing a good job, or that they won't get a promotion, or they worry that someone is whispering behind their backs, or that they'll be doing this the rest of their lives.

It seems to me you'e talking about being present. Kids are a wonderful reminder of what that's like. They're almost always in the present. They have to be. They are so unable to control their destiny, they have no choice but to accept the future for what comes and react to what is in front of them instead.

#18 Don't Feed the Greed Guy

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Posted 03 March 2014 - 10:37 PM

Have a great spring, AJ. In our home, Babe Ruth baseball sign up registration forms arrived last week, for two boys who got a chance to see you "play" last summer. Thanks for making time for them, Olivia, Alexis, and Ray.


It was July 11th, last year. Pat Dean and Dakota Watts combined for the shutout. Jeff Smith gave you the night off, but that didn't keep you from battling the mosquitoes while signing a baseball for my boys outside the clubhouse after the game.

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Posted 03 March 2014 - 11:35 PM

Great post, AJ. Having fun promotes peak performance. Just don't let them talk you into exploring any caves.
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