Larry Rutledge – Where have you been?

After 6 months of baseball regular season games, I finally am sitting down to attempt to write a blog to cover a much overdue explanation of my unusual HDL season. Many of our veterans who have enjoyed HDL weekly game updates and informative articles in the past about the season remember how engaged I was in the HDL. (for new players, “I” = Larry Rutledge,  I am the guy you see at the park taking photos and doing things to help the weekly games run smooth.)

First of all I want to explain why this year I slowly stopped participating as an active team member. This is hard for me to explain, because it’s complicated.  The main reason is my age. While I don’t feel 70 years old, in my mind that number (70) has had a dramatic impact on my psychological attitude about actually being that old and still thinking I can be on the same field with players who are 10, 20 or 30 years younger.

I have played this game for so long that I continue to expect my reflexes to do what they have always done, automatically, and at the same speed and quickness that I have (or thought I) possessed in the past. But after a few early season ground balls or pop-ups during the start of the season, I realized I either needed a lot of practice, or “take 2 weeks off and quit.”

Through all of these life changing signs I discounted the fact that in December (2017) I had: a minor stroke; I was taking pills for blood pressure and seeing a heart doctors about 2-3 times a month.  So I physically started ratcheting down my baseball activities.

Another early spring distraction from the HDL was following my grandson during his high school baseball season.  Watching him perform became my number one priority, for which I have no regrets.  Add in a high demand from my professional responsibilities at Christian Brothers University, TSSAA and NCAA umpiring assignments, I found very little time to participate actively in the HDL.

During this limited time to be involved in the HDL, it caused me to become depressed.  I was mainly depressed with my lack of ability to contribute to the HDL, other than managing the Blog to post important schedule updates. So, that is what I wanted everyone to know and understand.

So where am I now and what can HDL members expect from me in the future? I am not sure.  Sitting down and sharing this is a big step to re-connecting to everyone who encourages me to be a part of the HDL. Time permitting, I will try to do more Blog articles and posts that help everyone know what is going on during the post season play-offs and award nominations and Officer elections.

I want to thank everyone for their support and continued friendship. The HDL is a great venue for building long lasting relationships.

Yours Truly, Larry Rutledge, HDL President Emeritus

5 Comments

Make no mistake about it, and so there is no misunderstanding, your leadership and participation is greatly appreciated in the HDL Larry and never doubt it. As far as I am concerned, and in my opinion, you are this league, and what it is today is because of you and those that love baseball. No need to be depressed about that.

I hope to see you around more Larry. I’ll catch you at one of your grandsons game at BARTLETT. I keep telling my daughter I’ll carry her to a game.

Thanks

Larry we all love you and appreciate everything you do, as for everyone else. The HDL to me is a brotherhood. Every Sunday morning I go hangout with my fellow brothers at Tobey Field or AKA (Larry Rutledge Field). You will always be our Big Brother. Even if you are not at the field your commitment and dedication is in the air. Thank you Larry

Larry, I understand where your coming from – i’m A few years behind you but like you a few years ago I realized the diminishing ability to play at an equally competitive ability of those around me and also like you some medical considerations-believe me brother the 28 tears I participated in the hdl – you were the glue that held us together – I’ll always remember and love you for that – take care and hope to see ya soon

The comments by everyone has really warmed my heart. HDL players are the greatest! Thank You!

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