February 22, 2001

Cabin Fever

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My feet hurt.

Every morning, I want to stay in bed as long as possible so that I don’t have to walk on my bad feet. They hurt the most in the morning, and oh, it is awful.

Two of my roommates are softballers – sophomore infielder Drew Martin and senior second baseman Katie “Maggs” Maggard. They both have pains too. Drew has a nasty tendon pain in her shoulder and Maggs has a bad foot, bad knees, and on and on.

We all have aches and pains and most of us have had these pains for a longtime. It is that time in the season when the discomfort escalates just enough to annoy. We have a little more than one week before we journey down to Virginia Beach for our first games of the season, and we are all feeling a little bit of cabin fever.

Last weekend, we were so grateful to get outside and take some fly balls under a sky, instead of a ceiling. But the next day, we were back in the turf room.

As the practices continue, our desire to play outside grows.

What could be better to break the monotony?

Seven and a half hours in the turf room, of course!

Along with concessions at Cornell football games and our phone-a-thon, our other annual tradition is running a one-day softball clinic. This clinic also serves as one of our major fundraising activities.

This year, over one hundred girls from the region, aged five to eighteen, traveled to our turf room to learn some softball skills from our players and coaches.

Now, it’s not exactly easy to look forward to seven hours in the greenroom with excitement, but I think that most of us had a pretty good time.

Going into this long day, I always remember the clinics that I used to attend at the University of Utah. I really looked up to those players and I tried to learn from everything they taught me.

The same sort of thing occurs at our clinics.

I was talking to Kate Varde, one of our amazing freshmen, and she was telling me about her experiences at the clinic: “I love it when I can help a girl learn something – e light up when she figures it out. That’s such a great feeling.”

Well, some people might say that Varde only feels that way because she’s a na