Committed

There is a lot to get done within the next month!  I am packing up my apartment, trying to get some more things up on the website, stay focused at my job until the 31st, make sure I have plenty of shorts, sunscreen, etc…  Besides the constant thought in my head of “what in the hell are you doing”, I am so excited to do this project, at this particular moment I am not worried about how it turns out, just that I have the courage to go out and do it.  I stayed home from work today and started packing up my apartment, I had to text my daughter to let her know I was getting a little sad, even though I didn’t necessarily like this place, it was home for 5 years.  My daughter lived with me here and we did create some very good memories, so as I was packing up some things it really hit me that she might not ever live with me again.  She will be done with winter break this weekend and the 2nd semester starts next week and I will be leaving in the middle of February.  I won’t see her until summer most likely.  Her attitude has been amazing regarding this!  I will share a speech she gave at school about me before I leave on this trip, but tonight her response to my text was, “Love You Dad and remember new chapters in life are always good!”  So yeah, here I sit with some tears in my eyes, knowing that I am committed to doing this!  Thanks for reading this little rant, more to come I am sure.

Practicing

I went down to Racine today to see a kid from Ashland (my hometown) participate in a baseball showcase event for college recruiters.  Johnny did an awesome job and I am very proud of him!  I also needed to get out and do some practicing of my own, I gave out about 10 of my Baseball Buddha cards and talked to some of the parents about what I will be doing.  It is a nerve racking experience walking up to people you do not know and talk about what you are doing, all of the people I talked to today were very receptive.  This gives me hope that I will develop a good following and that people will check in from time to time to see what I am up too.  I enjoyed watching all the High School kids participate and I especially liked watching the parents of these kids.  I hope to write more about this process in the future.  I would love to interview a few parents and have them explain what it feels like watching their child go through this recruiting process.  I also worked with the new camera I purchased yesterday, need to figure out how to edit the recordings, or I will be posting me just driving or discussing my opinions on many topics…

Biography

I have to write a biography for the website and it has gotten me really nervous, I have to open up and tell people about the real me and what makes me tick, plus all the things that I have done in my life to this point.  As I have sat and thought about all of these things it continues to dawn on me how I am worried about what others people think of me.  I don’t know why it is that important, but it is, I don’t think it is as bad as when I was younger but I believe that it does have an impact on how I live my life.  I want to be as authentic as I can possible be with who I am, I don’t want to sensationalize anything.  I don’t think my life is any different than most, I have plenty of hopes and dreams, I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up, but I think I am getting closer.  I don’t have any deep dark secrets that I am hiding but I have my quirks, like we all do.  I am just trying to get comfortable talking about myself, I never really did like being the center of attention but I never really tried to shy away from it either.  My promise to you if you chose to follow me is to be as honest and forthright as I possible can be about myself and what I am experiencing.  This whole project can blow up in my face or it can be the best experience of my life, I have no expectations to what I want to have happen or experience but to just go out and live day by day and enjoy baseball and the fan experience!

Baseball Buddha Jersey Sleeve T-Shirt

Baseball Buddha Jersey Sleeve T-Shirt

Here is the other T-Shirt I promised it is the old style jersey sleeve it comes in black and white with the Baseball Buddha Logo on the front with the tag line “Baseball is Happiness!”, price is $19.95 and $6.95 for shipping and handling. Thank you for your support as I begin this adventure!

http://w.mawebcenters.com/baseballbuddha/ecommerce/

Lesson Learned

Well I have to say that I am learning a lot!  I have made the mistake of using some photos that are copyrighted, I thought they were not and assumed I could use them.  Thankfully, I have someone looking out for me and told me the error.  I have to change some things up and I will not be selling the T-Shirt I came out with last night, I still will have the T-Shirt that accompanies this post up on the site.  I will also will be revamping the site to make sure that I am not infringing on any copyrights.  This is a minor setback but I would rather deal with it now before I hit the road and I sold a bunch of shirts, to the people that purchased the T-Shirt, I will refund the money and you can decide if you want the current one.  So sorry and a little embarrassed.  I sincerely apologize to the company I used the photos from.

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Baseball Buddha T-Shirts

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I finally got the ecommerce portion of my website working!  I am selling a long sleeve t-shirt currently.  I will be making a couple other t-shirts and a baseball hat.  The price for the shirt is between $27.95 – $29.95 plus $6.95 for shipping and handling.  If you would like to order one to support me that would be great!  It will take a few weeks to get since I will only be able to order these when I have at least 10 shirts to order to make it profitable enough to do this.

http://w.mawebcenters.com/baseballbuddha/ecommerce/

Why…

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Why are you doing this is something I have been asked a lot lately, my answer has been that “life is short”.  But there is more to it than that, I have a lot of fear in me and it has prevented me from doing a lot of things, I really believe that the best way to experience life is to step out of your comfort zone and your consistent, secure environment.  Your perspective changes, you get a better understanding of what people deal with and how others view the world and why.

You might think that is a deep concept for a person that is going to attempt to go watch a baseball game a day for 9 months, however I think  there is a lot of relevance to why I am doing this.  One friend said to me today, “You have courage my friend,” those kinds of statements I need to hear from time to time because it motivates me to continue, I have thought many times, “what in the hell are you doing!”  that tape has played countless times in my head.  Life is truly about the journey and if I am not willing to experience it, in all its many forms, I believe I will become stagnant and cynical about others, I think it was Casey Kasem that said, “Keep your feet on the ground but keep reaching for the stars!”  I think this is one of my attempts at reaching for the stars.

The one fear that I am getting over is failing, I have failed many times, I have done many dumb and boneheaded things and I have swore I wouldn’t do those things again, well I guess life would be pretty boring and uninteresting if you always played it safe.

Another reason why I am doing this is because I want to do something not many people would attempt to do, lots of people will daydream about it but very few will act on such goofy and fun thoughts, I just so happen to be in a position to be able to act and have just enough resources to make it for a few months, I am still raising money to do this, so buy one of my T-Shirts from me when I get my e-commerce portion of the website up.

I will talk more about the why in other posts!  Please follow me on my social media sites and check in regularly to my website, which is a work in progress!

John “Baseball Buddha” Reimer