Can a girl help it if she’s ridiculously proud of her boys? That would describe my feelings towards Vanderbilt’s baseball team. I know I posted about them yesterday, but I just couldn’t help giving the guys another shout-out! Regardless of what happens, making it this far in the College World Series finals is a great accomplishment.
A trait I’ve long admired about that team is their ability to maintain balance in life. While I was at Vandy, when my baseball friends were practicing, preparing for a game, and playing, that was all they thought about. When they were in class, and studying, that was their sole focus. And when it came time to have fun, they went about it like they were in the World Series of Fun Times. A perfect example is when my good friend, Lauren, and I attended a paint party on campus.
We couldn’t take pics at the event because too much paint was being splattered everywhere. The whole baseball team was there. One of the players turned his attempts to tag me into the ultimate game. He was a master at crouching down to hide behind people, and then dousing me with paint when I least expected it—and he had the most infectious laugh once he did! If you had seen him on the field in a tight game, you would never have guessed that such a serious ball-player had such a playful side. Like the rest of his team, he knew how to make the most of whatever he was doing.