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  • All he can do is stay physically and mentally ready to perform. He can stand on last year for performance to sell to the next level. What wipes it away is open hostility and a bad attitude teammates and the coaching staff pick up on..

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    • Originally posted by Sparksdale View Post
      They played a double header today. Once again Sparks didn't play.

      Sparks is very upset and is taking it out on me. It's a long long story.

      I feel for him but just don't know what to do.

      If any of you have advice I'm all ears.

      Sparks


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      As a father of 4 boys, the best thing you can do is not to coddle him. If one of my boys tried to "take it out on me" I would tell them to pound sand and they know it.

      Tell Sparks to suck it up and keep plowing ahead. Life isn't fair.

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      • Originally posted by Sparksdale View Post
        They played a double header today. Once again Sparks didn't play.

        Sparks is very upset and is taking it out on me. It's a long long story.

        I feel for him but just don't know what to do.

        If any of you have advice I'm all ears.

        Sparks


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        He's probably taking it out on you because he needs a release of the frustration. It isn't necessarily right, but he has no other person he trusts to hear his anger. Just help him stay above water spiritually. As Jett mentioned, his velocity alone can get him to his next college stop.

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        • What is his velocity right now?

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          • Update;

            He finally got to play again.

            Pitched one inning. 3 up 3 down one strikeout. He said all his teammates started yelling words of encouragement and cheering him on. He was excited his teammates showed so much support to him.

            When he got in the dugout his coach told him he was sure all of his fastballs were in the low 90's. Said he looked great.

            He seemed excited.

            We'll see how the rest of the season goes.

            Sparks


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            • A little positive encouragement. That's all it takes to get the spirit back.

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              • Originally posted by Sparksdale View Post
                Update;

                He finally got to play again.

                Pitched one inning. 3 up 3 down one strikeout. He said all his teammates started yelling words of encouragement and cheering him on. He was excited his teammates showed so much support to him.

                When he got in the dugout his coach told him he was sure all of his fastballs were in the low 90's. Said he looked great.

                He seemed excited.

                We'll see how the rest of the season goes.

                Sparks


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                This is why it's important not to get too excited when things are going well and not too down when things aren't going well. It's not a,ways easy. But it makes the journey easier to deal with.
                Last edited by JettSixty; 03-13-2017, 03:39 PM.

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                • Got first save of the year today.
                  Walked the first batter.
                  Struck out the next 2.
                  Pop fly to center to end the game.

                  Now the harder games are coming against quality teams.

                  Sparks


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                  • Correction: he didn't get credited with the save. He pitched the last inning with a 3 run lead so I thought he gets the save. Oh well....


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                    • Originally posted by Sparksdale View Post
                      Correction: he didn't get credited with the save. He pitched the last inning with a 3 run lead so I thought he gets the save. Oh well....


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                      I thought the save rule was pitch an inning or more with 3 run or less lead.

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                      • NCAA save rule ....

                        SECTION 26—SAVE
                        If a relief pitcher meets ALL of the following conditions, the offcial scorer should credit that pitcher with a save:
                        a. He is the finishing pitcher in a game won by his team; b. He is not credited with the win; and
                        c. He meets one of the following conditions:
                        (1) He enters the game with a lead of not more than three runs and pitches at least one inning;
                        (2) He enters the game with the potential tying run on base, at bat or on deck; or
                        (3) He pitches effectively for at least three innings.

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                        • Sorry I haven't posted. Just not a lot to update.

                          Sparks has had some arm problems for a few months. He's been going to therapy but it's not improving. It's some kind of muscle in the back shoulder blade or something.

                          I think they are shutting him down till he gets an MRI.

                          I will update when anything changes.

                          Sparks


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                          • Sorry I haven't posted in a while. I haven't been feeling well.

                            Sparks is going for an MRI next week. He thinks he has a tear in the muscle in his back shoulder blade. He will find out next week.

                            Sparks


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                            • Sparks gets the results of the MRI today.

                              I'll post when I know something.


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                              • Sparks has to have surgery.
                                He has a torn labrum. 3 weeks in a sling than 3 or 4 months to recover.

                                His baseball might be over. Don't know how we could get a 4 year school interested.

                                Sparks


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