I have pressure-washed my patio. I have used my ten year old coffee machine to make my first ever cappuccino. And I have grilled some chicken with my new Lean Mean Fat Reducing Grilling Machine. These are the things which bring excitement to my life in the absence of baseball.

I have now been four weeks without so much as a sniff of the leather mitt, and it's clearly messing with my mind. After posting about the frustrations of an extended “break” from the game last time around, things went from bad to worse. Our training day was changed so that instead of rarely being able to make it, I can never make it. Ever. So this barren streak will probably run to five full weeks. In that time the team has won one and lost one. So it's hard to tell whether they are missing me! Certainly not as much as I am missing them.

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