softball days

Have you ever broken a bone?

Not officially…

My wife and I played co-ed softball together for a few years. We had a lot of fun and made some good friends during that time. It was also after a really rough patch in our marriage, and while we didn’t always get along off the field, it was great to work together as part of a team.

I can’t say we were that great at it, but we did have a lot of fun.

During those years, a couple of things happened. I played outfield a lot. In fact, I was out in left field, so I didn’t get a lot of defensive action. Probably with good reason. One time, I caught a fly ball, but my glove was not centered and it landed mostly on my thumb, rather than in the soft meshy part of the glove. It hurt a lot, but I kept playing and never really paid it any more attention. My hand ached for several months after. Years later, I noticed that my thumb on my catching hand was no longer straight, like my other one. So, apparently I did break it. I just didn’t realize it at the time.

During another game, someone from the other team hit a ball in my direction. It was a low lob, and took a bounce before I could get to it. Or rather, before it got to me. I was caught off guard, but I stopped the ball – with my chest. Not the way I’d recommend! It hit me pretty hard, not quite squarely, just at my collar bone. This time I knew something wasn’t right – my collar bone felt a little weird. There was a small divet where the ball had hit me. But again, I kept playing! My chest hurt for quite some time after that. And to this day, I can feel a malformation in that collar bone. I don’t think it totally broke through – more like “chipped”. But I still think it counts.

Also, did you know that divet and divot are not synonymous? The spell checker on my phone doesn’t even think divet is a word, but it is!

5 thoughts on “softball days

  1. Willow

    You’re one of those stubborn people that don’t go to the doctor unless you’re near death, huh? I’m the same way. So is my husband. Though he’s way worse about it than I am.

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    1. David Post author

      Well… I didn’t even think about going to a doctor for either of these incidents – as I didn’t realize what had really happened. But yes, you are correct! I prefer to stay out of the doctor’s office.

      Which reminds me of a couple other occasions where I got some pretty major cuts/gashes… those might show up sometime in a post…

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