A Geeky Sports Guy's Guide to Enlightenment.rip: A Website that Will Help You Measure Time Through Baseball

in sports •  3 months ago

I run through life at a ridiculously fast pace. I simply cannot sit still. As a result, I do not spend enough time calmly dreaming of my past. Sadly, I need a catalyst to inspire me to become nostalgic and reflect on my life. Recently, the movie Christopher Robin provided me with an inspiration to do just that. Leave it to movies (one of my passions) to furnish me with this opportunity.

Yesterday, I stumbled upon another such motivation. It came in the form of another one of my passions: sports. In this case, it was baseball.




This is me racing through life.

Over the years, it seems I have always used baseball to mark important points in the timeline of my life. I remember going to my first game when I was seven. One summer afternoon when we were eleven, my friends and I passed a rite of manhood when we took the train all by ourselves from the suburbs to Wrigley Field to see the Cubs play (and hopefully lose). That is right. Eleven! Things were much different back in 1982. I remember my first playoff game, getting yelled at by a player for the first (of many) times, and taking my first date to a game.

I also remember lying in my bed dreaming of magically being bestowed with the talent to become a major league baseball player. I often drifted off hoping that while I slept, The Baseball Angel would bless me and I would wake up with a rocket arm or thunderous bat. Thanks to the The Natural's Roy Hobbs, who inspired a coach to exclaim, "People don't start playing ball at your age, they retire!" sometimes I still dream this.

I think Darth Vader himself summed it up best:




"And they'll watch the game and it'll be as if they dipped themselves in magic waters."

But thanks to a website I stumbled upon, I think I can finally stop praying to that Baseball Angel.

The geniuses at Enlightenment.rip have figured out a way to help complete baseball/number nerds like me to get nostalgic about the game and players we grew up loving. I distinctly remember measuring my age according to those of my favorite players. When I was young, every player in the MLB was a super human being far older and better than I. Whenever I asked for an autograph, I always began with, "Mr. Baines...". Then they became my peers, who I still referred to as "Mister"... except for when I was mercilessly heckling them. And now, they are all far younger than I. In fact, I think I am old enough to be the father of half of the players in the MLB.

But thanks to Enlightenment.rip, I don't have to guess anymore. This site allows you to enter your birthday and it will give you your MLB "endcaps". These are the first player to ever debut in the Major Leagues when they were younger than you and the last active player who was older than you.



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I don't know how that site got a picture of me.

Mine are Ivan Rodriguez, who debuted in 1991 when he was 19, and Jason Giambi, who played until he was 43. Sadly, he retired way back in 2014, so my dream has been dead for almost 4 years.

Big deal?

Of course it isn't a big deal.

But it is fun for nerds like me and my friends!

Not only did this information cause me to reminisce about my past, it gave my friends and I an excuse to exchange baseball memories. As we sat around the bar knocking back a few whiskeys, a group of us got out our phones, checked the site and shared our endcaps. We laughed a lot. That was until we got to the guy whose youngest player is Victor Robles (who is still considered one of the game's best prospects) and doesn't have an old endcap... because he is freaking 21!

Screw you and your healthy back, good knees and non-wrinkled skin!




Now this is more like it. Doesn't this image just scream, "elite athlete!"?

By the way, if you were wondering, as long as Bartolo Colon can still roll his 45 year old body onto the mound, most of you can keep praying to the Baseball Angel... because you still have a chance.

Thanks Enlightenment.rip for reminding me that pretty soon, when I ask a player for an autograph, I will have to say, "Hey Sonny, do you have time to sign for an old timer like me?"

Then I will hand them $20... because no one signs for free anymore.

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Now if only there was a site like this where we could win cryptocurrency...

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Hmmm seems like we might have the start of one.

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are you talking about scorum.com?

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Good spot :-)

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Sorry I missed these comments. Are you on scorum too?

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Sure - I am currently trying to build the German speaking community part which is in infant stages - i am there with the same account name (sportsgeek)

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Sorry I didn't see this comment before. I am definitely interested.

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really? this is my profile, https://scorum.com/en-us/profile/@liuke96player

if you need some help or something just tell me :)

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Thanks!

I joined over there a couple of days ago. It is really cool. If you have any tips, I am all ears.

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That's pretty awesome. I will have to show my coworker the site on Monday. He is a HUGE baseball fan from New York.

My love for baseball began to fade after graduating high school where I played. I just recently started kind of following a few players again since I spent time training them last fall with a company I was working for. One of the guys (EJ) Edwin Jackson recently had an article featured on bleacher report about his 16 year career so far playing on 13 different teams. Such a good dude. He would bring us Cuban coffee each morning and then he would proceed to train his a** off showing up a lot of the younger athletes in the gym.

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Wait. You helped train some major leaguers? have you written about this yet? You should! It sounds really interesting.

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Yeah so after getting out the military I got my undergrad in Exercise Science and then went on to work as a Sports Performance coach for a company called EXOS. They are the top sports performance company in the world and they train athletes from literally every sport. While working there last offseason I trained some MLB guys like Xander Bogaerts and Jacoby Elsburry.

I do plan to write about what that was like I just haven't gotten around to it yet. Between that and my time in the military I have tons of funny/interesting short stories I want to share on here. I may turn it into a weekly series or something.

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I think you will have a ton of great stories to share. Once the price of steem rises and the HF happens, I think you will attract a wider audience and start earning the rewards you deserve.

It is always good to talk about past memories @hanshotfirst especially baseball or other sports for that matter. I also played our own version of baseball when I was a kid and it is really one of the most enjoyable moments of my life. We would only stop if the plastic ball is already destroyed and the league is over after one day.

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Ha ha ha. We used to destroy rubber balls in one afternoon and then couldn't play again until someone got a new one. Glad I could bring back a nice memory for you my friend.

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Yes Sir, Fond memories in my heart @hanshotfirst
For a kid any game with friends, it is priceless.

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Thanks guys! I am thrilled that someone is trying to encourage sports content.

That's well said. @hanshotfirst

In the rest of the British colonies, it's cricket. 😒

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Every once in a while they show an amazing highlight from a cricket match on ESPN. It really is incredible.

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Yes. @hanshotfirst
ESPN has even bought cricinfo & rechristened it ESPN cricinfo.

Hola excelente guia para los beisbolista ...saludos

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hey i ve no knowledge about baseball but i like this game and i like your post @hanshotfirst

The mile markers down my memory lane are playmates.
Oh, 1999. I'll never forget you.

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That is really funny.

I really didn't play baseball but I had fun watching it at anime series. I learned through life that once you love the sport it will always be part of you no matter what you do. Even as you grow older, you will always try your best to be part of that sport wherein you either watch, teach, play a friendly game with your friends and etc. Even if a player suffers an injury, they will try their best to go through rehabilitation to be able to play the game again. I guess you can never stop someone who has the love for the sport. Anyway Thank you for sharing this! May you have a great day!

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That is quite true. You just have different ways to enjoy it as you get older.

good old fat bart! He's like a timeless cyborg or something

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A cyborg programmed to eat.

Nice pix i like it

It is one of my favorite game

very good

A very good article!

I like to play baseball and football very well.
I am very attracted to these two. I have a lot of friends. Everyone plays this game together. Your post was very interesting to me. Thank you very much for sharing the post among us

great great