This may sound a bit goofy, but yesterday was quite a milestone (14 months post ATR). I have been playing softball all season and the tendon has felt great. Our league permits each team to take 2 “courtesy” runners each game and, because my teammates are petrified that I will hurt myself again, I have been one of them all season. As a result, the furthest I have gotten oon the basepaths this season is 3rd base (the one triple I hit). Fast forward to yesterday…
Bottom of the 6th and we are up comfortable 9-3. 2 outs, bases loaded and I come up. I line a single to right driving in 2 more. The captain signals to me to come out for a runner but I waive him off - I figure that I am feeling good, we are up big and the game is almost over - I might as well run. Next batter lines a gapper to left center. I take off, round second (momentary panic as I recall popping the AT going 2d to 3rd last year), and see the 3d base coach waving me on. I round third, and as I come towards home plate, a big smile broke out on my face. At that point I realized that this was the first time I crossed home plate in over a year! Somehow, it finally felt like I had made it.
I know this is a bit sappy and all, but that moment meant the world to me (never mind that my wife told me she wasn’t sure I was going to make it). I have come home again - and it has been a LONG journey.
Yes, the AT is still tight and the calf is still not quite back to 100%, but I have officially rounded the bases.
For all of you a few steps behind me, you will cross home plate. Its a long journey but man does it feel good to get there!!
Keep the faith!
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