Slow pitch softball, despite numbers not at the level of the old days is still one of the most participated adult team sports in America.
For a second, i want everyone think about the number of tournaments every weekend, and then the number of league night game every night, and then break down the number of pitches in each single game.
Over the last 10 years, though all life is precious, I know of 3 related deaths in softball and only one was a pitcher.
You are more like to die driving to and from a softball game than you are to die from being hit by a batted ball. We all know more people that have died from car accidents going to games.
You are more likely to die from lightning on a golf course than on a softball field.
You are more likely to die from drowning on a fishing trip than on a softball field.
You are more likely to die from a hit on a football field than on a softball field.
You get the picture, and you can google these facts.
I know there are injuries, some very serious, I have seen the pictures on Facebook just like everyone else. But I look at these posts now like plane crashes, 10's of thousands of airplanes take off every day and land safely, but if a plane crashes in Timbuktu, you will hear about it. And someone will say, that is why I don’t fly on planes. But the fact remains, it is still the world’s safest mode of transportation.
Before the doomsday folks come on here, I am a pitcher, and am pitching this weekend. I wear a mask, and fully protected underneath. One of the reasons I am writing this is because my wife used to play, and watch me play, but from hearing everyone saying I am going to die and other bullshit, she has decided not to be there for that "dreadful day" and only plays local leagues on the night I don't play.
I am a proponent of mandatory masks, hell I even love pitching from the net, but I love nothing more that standing on that mound being a part of every single play of the game I so dearly love. I know I will probably get roasted, but if I must listen to the naysayers EVERYDAY, they can hear my perspective once. I pray for the safety of all pitchers every day I wake up, but there is not a pitcher out there that has not heard about the dangers of being on that rubber. Hell, that is the adrenaline rush for some.
I know we live in a country now that thrives from sensationalism and drama, but there is so much more to enjoy about this game than not. Great 2019 season everyone!