This spring training was an interesting one for my husband. When we got married in 2007, it was his first year on the 40 man (extended) roster for the Tampa Bay Rays. Once a player is put on the 40 man roster, the big league
This year, however, Elliot was out of options, as the past three years before, the Rays had used those options to send him to Durham at some point each season. Most players look forward to being out of options, because it gives us a better chance at being on a big league
One of the last days of camp, management with the Rays told Elliot that he wouldn't be making the big league
What did it feel like? It was scary, uncertain, and disappointing. It was scary all spring long, feeling like he was competing with many other players for the same position. Players that are very, very good, and were very hard to compete with. It was uncertain in that we didn't know what would happen to us at the end of spring. We could have ended up in several different cities. The last week or so of spring training, I found myself taking our son and going to
In the end, though, we were disappointed. As a wife, you want very much to see your husband succeed and meet every goal he has set for himself. I wouldn't call AAA unsuccessful at all, I think that many players are very successful at AAA, and I think that minor league baseball can make a GREAT career. I would say, though, that I was disappointed that Elliot didn't get a chance with a big league
We are entering the season, though, with a renewed strength. It's nice that he gets to play in the city where we live in the offseason, so I have all the comforts of home (most wives do not have this luxury). Going through the waivers experience was definitely a different one, and one that many players and their families don't face, but many others do. We are thankful that he still has a job and that he gets to continue to do what he loves, even if it gives us a little stress at times. :)
During spring training, I reminded myself many times of two different scriptures and have been trying over the past few weeks to apply them to my life. The first is 1 Corinthians 10:10, which says "do not grumble," and the other is 1 Thessalonians 5:18 which says "give thanks in all circumstances." I have been reminding myself of these two every day, and have found that it helps when things are uncertain, or may not be exactly as you hoped. It has helped me see the good in all the circumstances that we have faced and will face in the future.