Wednesday, May 10, 2006

The Story of my Ankle injury

I was playing softball on May 2nd. I had tagged up at first and was running to second base after the catcher had caught a foul ball. I got a good jump and caught him off guard. As the throw was coming in, I could see that it was coming in low. So instead of sliding in and getting hit with the ball I decided to jump over the ball and tag. When I came down on my right foot, heel first, it planted firmly in the dirt. My leg decided to keep moving. I think that is one of Newton's Laws. "An object in motion stays in motion, until it is acted on by another force." Something like that. In this case the other force that stopped my leg and body was my deltoid ligament. It of course ripped. I suffered an eversion sprain. 99% of ankle sprains are inversion, where the ligaments on the outside of your foot are compromised. The eversion sprain is far more rare and sucky...if I may use some medical terms.

It felt like the tibia...Kara, correct me because I am wrong...the left bone in your right leg that connects your knee to your ankle...felt like it folded over and touched the ground. I collapsed to the ground just past 2nd base and lay there about 5 inches from the bag. I was then tagged for the 3rd out of the inning.

Being probably the rawest person in the state I hobbled behind home plate and played catcher. I then took a couple innings off and tried to “walk it off.” It felt like the only thing keeping my ankle from simply falling off was the fact that I had skin. I had to bat and limped to 1st when I got a hit. By the 4th inning I was at 3rd base. Limited in my mobility the other team thought they would take advantage of my gimpyness. They obviously don’t know me. During the final inning when time had run out and we were hanging onto a minimal lead I made 2 outs from 3rd. One was rather good. I had to move to my right, do a 360, and chuck it over to beat the runner. People on the team were calling me the MVP. It made me feel good.

Anyhow, I went to a doctor and he took some x-rays and said that nothing was broken. He was gonna put me in a hard cast for 3 weeks. That was it. I left without a cast and went to another doctor on Monday. I got an ultra sound and found out that it was the deltoid ligament. Now I am in a walking boot most of the day.

Being this raw and with my team in the Cooley park Tournament of Champions, I had to play some ball last night. I put on 2 ankle braces and experienced discomfort in the form of an almost blister and bloody knee. When I batted I used a pinch runner although once time I hit it over the out fielders head and had to go for a triple. I have another game tonight but this time I have some mole skin and a band-aid to protect me.

tuesday ankle pic

the doctor said I ruptured a ligament on the inside of my ankle. only 1% of sprains are this kind. aswesome for me!

Sunday, May 07, 2006

round 2

This is the next phase. let's see where it goes from here.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

My NEW bad Ankle

the doctor said since nothing is broken I must be OK. I am going in for a second, first opinion on monday.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Last night's Diamondbacks Game

Last night I went to the Diamondbacks game with Robb and Dalee MacDonald. He had free tickets from work. They were pretty good seat and they came with free parking. Not only that but we got to see a good game that included a grand slam! This was an added bonus because now I get a FREE Grand Slam at Denny’s with my ticket. Awesome.

Here is the story inside the story. That baseball stadium is HUGE! The whole time I was there I was looking around at the size of it all. The stadium holds probably 60,000-70,000 people. It is a giant convertible. During the hot summer days they close the roof and turn on the A/C. But the size of everything amazed me. What made an even stronger impression on me was the amount of sponsorships and advertising that went on at the game. It has never hit me before this hard. Everything at the stadium was sponsored or was used to advertise at company or product. Here are some examples.
• All of the cup holders that the fans used had an Infinity logo on it.
• The Grand Slam was sponsored by Denny’s
• The strike outs, normally signified by a “K” were Circle K logos instead of regular K’s.
• There were banners and signs everywhere. The Arizona Republic sign, in dead center field, had letters that were probably 20 feet tall.
• There were electronic signs that flashed different advertisements throughout the game. I am pretty sure that they changed every inning.
• In between innings there were different promotional events like a US Airways miles give-away for catching some fly balls, a dancing contest sponsored by somebody, Lotto fan zone.
• There were also live spots from around the stadium broadcast on the big screen advertising sales going on at the gift shop or other attractions.
• Sprint, sponsored the “call to the bullpen” when a team brought in a relief pitcher.
It reminded me of the time I was at a Real Salt Lake game and the yellow card that a player was issued was sponsored by Yellow Book or something and the red card was sponsored by Jiffy Lube. The corner kicks were sponsored by Western Union, “reminding you that the nearest Western Union was, ‘Just around the corner.’

It was unreal. Most everything you could think of had been spoken for. I found a few more places that they could stick some ads but I decided to not go to their marketing department and pitch my ideas. I can’t say I blame them for doing it. I mean, they need all the money they can get so they can pay those players the outrageous salaries they “earn” for playing baseball. I bought a 32 oz soda and a hot dog for $9.25. Franchises have to do that when they only sell 1/3rd of the seats.