Typically when athletes get injuries they dread the recovery, but for this young baseball player it is just the golden ticket he needs to get to the Major Leagues!
In the movie Rookie of the Year, the 12 year old, Henry Rowengartner breaks his arm while playing baseball and the recovery has given him the gift to throw with force as great as players twice his age! Henry was given the opportunity to play for the Chicago Cubs, his favorite team. From personal experience growing up with a brother who dreamed of playing for the Chicago Cubs as well, I know he would have given the world to go pro.
As for me I was always content just going to the Cubs games, not because they win – let’s get real that doesn’t happen – but because of the lively atmosphere. Cliff Murdoch, the announcer says, “I just figured out why the Cubs lose every year. They’ve got more talent in the stands than they do in the field” and he is right!
I can’t tell you how many people I have seen do backbends, sprints, and some form of origami with their bodies in order to catch a home run ball. There are always a few fans that get the crowd going. I can’t say the energy reflects on the players, but at least it’s a guaranteed good time.
After attending many Cubs games over the years I can remember all the delicious food I ate, the cheering people, oh yeah and my awful sunburn that I would go home with. When you are distracted by the game and all the people it is so easy to get caught up and forget to protect your skin from UV rays. Even with the sunscreen and the baseball hats I still managed to expose my skin to the sun and I would be wishing for a portable shade umbrella to cool off under.
Like I said, I grew up with a brother who played baseball every weekend and by the end of the summer he always beat me with his awkward baseball tan lines. Now looking back I realize that that tan always started off with a sunburn. Even though you don’t see immediate damage when you are young, this kind of exposure can greatly affect your overall health. As we grow older there is plenty of wear and tear that our bodies go through.
Even those who once were “invincible” need to take care of their bodies. The Rookie of the Year’s, Henry realizes this when he converses with his idol Chet Steadman,
Chet Steadman: “Do me a favor: Don’t call me “Rocket”.
Henry Rowengartner: “Why not?”
Chet Steadman: “‘Cause I’m not the “Rocket” anymore.”
Henry Rowengartner: “Yeah, I don’t get it, you’re throwing so slow.”
Henry learns throughout the film that it is important to take care of our health because like his broken arm, nothing last forever.
Now we may not all have injuries that lead to this amazing gift (well, to be honest most of us probably don’t!), but on the bright side we are given the information we need to stay healthy. We have all heard what the sun’s damage to our skin can lead to, so protect your skin in a few different ways. Use sunscreen, a baseball cap, and stay cool under a portable shade umbrella. If you do all of these things on the field you will be “SAFE!” all the way to home base!
Baseball players and their fans are constantly on the road to their next games, but they always tend to bring quite a bit of luggage along. With the constant traveling it is crucial to bring a Joe Shade portable umbrella along. Not only is this one of the easiest things you will have to carry and set up, but also it is one of the most important for your health. So remember your portable umbrella so you can be the rookie of the year, every year!