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Graduation

It’s that time of year again. Our weather is changing, grass is greening, spring sports, and activities are in full swing, and for a few lucky boys and girls, their days of 12 years of schooling are drawling to a conclusion. Long gone are the days of recess. With it went the half day of school in kindergarten, checkmarks on the chalkboard, spelling test, the number 2 pencils, and the daily debate of eating the “hot lunch.”

These are the last few days to walk the halls where most of you grew up, learned how to count, spell, add, and subtract. Some of you learned the pain of rejection, the joy of a great academic, or athletic accomplishment, the taste of a “cold one” and who knows what else. These will be the last few days of your pre-adult years. Once you walk across that stage, all bets are off, and you begin your new life as an adult, complete with responsibilities, and consequences.

This is a great time to think back, and take a look at where you were just 12 years ago, releasing the hand of a parent dropping you off at school for the first time.  As you struggle, trying to see through the tears, you make your way to the big double doors to enter the school for the first time.  Still struggling, you try to understand why your were dropped off here, you look around at all the strange faces… Fast forward to now, and some of those same faces are still around. Some have moved away over summer breaks, others moved in, and now you’re all ready to be set free into the word with nothing but 12 solid years of schooling to rely on.

This is a time to celebrate, and remember all the good times with your friends. After this graduation event there will be people you will never see again. Some will move away, some will join the military, some will stick around. One thing is for sure, this is the last time you will all be together in one place.

Now some of you will be focused on entrance exams, while others focus on insurance premiums, finding a job, and balancing the family budget, it’s all a joy of being a part of the real world. You will also encounter a new group of friends, as you drift apart from old friends. Your new inner circle, will at some point, probably include your future significant other, future best friends, best men, brides maids, golfing/fishing, and/or shopping buddies.

This is the point in your life where you also need to evaluate your priorities. What’s important to you? College, a job, a family? As a young man, I was only interested in how much money I could make.  However priorities change when you find someone you want to spend time with.  Once you start a family it’s no longer “how much money can I make” but the balance between job, and family time. We could all make a lot of money, but at what expense? Time away from home, and the family?

Since you are a member of the real word now, you will face some setbacks, tough decisions, and exciting new events! Hold your head high, and remember good things happen to good people. As long as you keep doing your best good things will happen.

So as you walk the halls on your last few days of school, take a few extra minutes at the end of your day, and visit some of your old teachers. We all have people that have influenced our life, and it’s important they know we appreciate them.

As the sun sets on this phase in your life, be sure to enjoy your last summer with friends, and family, especially if you’re going away for college. Take time to sit back and soak it all in, and make it a summer to remember.

I’ve been out of school now for 10 years but a lot of the memories from 1st grade to senior, year seem like they still happened yesterday. I’ve finished college, had a few different jobs, and started a family. I still think back to my childhood experiences and enjoy a smile from time to time. However now with a child of my own, I will be reliving all of those events beside her as she grows up.

Congratulations, and good luck!

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Posted by on April 24, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Can Royals Prospects Live Up to the Hype?

As Kansas City Royals fans enjoy early season success, we are constantly reminded of our “unseen” talent in the farm system. Each broadcast of a Royals games normally includes the names of Montgomery, Moustakas, and Hosmer, and they are not even playing for our Royals yet! With that being said, fans may expect to much once these players hit the diamon at Kauffman Stadium. Can these prospects really live up to their hype?

Each season of Royals baseball normally comes, and goes as fast as our talent reaching their prime, and jetting off to another organization.  Dye, Damon, Beltron, Dejesus , and Greinke (just to name a few) all left the Royals, as soon as they became stars.  But can you blame them?  Who wouldn’t leave an organization for better pay, and a chance to play for a contender elsewhere? So even if these prospects do live up to their hype, how long can we possibly keep them?

Ultimately this frustrates “small market” fans. Yeah you may have a good year, but what’s that say for your future? Perhaps you have a star or two, but your out of it (the playoff race) by the all-star break, then what? It’s become customary to sell off your players for prospects, or future picks in the draft if your long season is theoretically over halfway through.  So in essence, you trade away an established player now, in hopes that what you receive in return will be good for your team in 3-5 years? Why don’t we just demand a handful of “magic beans” for each star we sell off?

Royals fans now know we finally have prospects in our farm system that may help our team in the next year or two, but this may be adding to increased expectations.  Perhaps unrealistic expectations.

During the early success of this season, many fans will now anxiously await the arrival of our new talent. To the casual Royals fan, this is a new excitement, never before have we known so much about our farm system without some research of our own. This may be a bad situation. If these guys are called up and do not have immediate success, how patient can Royals fans expect to be? After all it’s been 25 years since we have had any major success in baseball.

What will be acceptable performance? At this point Royals fans might may be happy to avoid a hole in the day to day lineup (example 1, Kila, how did he make it this far without anyone noticing he might as well be a blind person swinging at a curve ball).

Lack of success in recent years, and our first real “big time” prospects could mean unmatchable expectations, no matter how they perform.

If they turn out to be good players, how long can Royals fans realistically expect to keep them? Or will they turn out to be another Royals great traded for “magic beans?”

Attendance has been down, which means Royals fans are not 100% on board with this season.  So whats the problem?  Are they all confident the wheels will fall off, or do they know the likelihood of us being competitive long term matches the odds of Kila hitting a curve ball, which is not good.

Maybe we should all jump on the Royals wagon now before it does fall apart.  How often have we been able to enjoy the Royals this late in the season?  Strong start, promising prospects on the way, a competitive team, whats not to like?  Who knows how long it will last before its back to the dark days of Royals baseball.

 
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Posted by on April 22, 2011 in Sports

 

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