The Midnight Snack – Thursday

Valor:  It’s awards season. We’ve already discussed Cutch getting the Roberto Clemente, but another honor was given out recently as well. Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy received the Bob Feller Act of Valor Award, given yearly to players who, embodies, according to the Act of Valor Award press release, “the values, integrity and dedication to serving our country that Bob Feller himself displayed”. An award is also given to a Navy Chief Petty Officer, which was the rank that Bob Feller achieved during his military service.

Luc is incredibly active with veterans’ causes, including hosting several vets at Brewers games every month as well as sponsoring Honor Flights for World War II and Korean veterans. If you’re not familiar with the Honor Flight program, it flies veterans free of charge to Washington, DC so that they can tour the memorials that are built in their honor. It also gives them a chance to bond with their fellow soldiers and sailors. I visited DC several years ago and was at the Korean War Memorial (quite possibly the most hauntingly beautiful memorial I’ve ever seen. I was there in memory of my late grandfather, who served in the conflict as a young man.) when a group of Honor Flight soldiers came by. It was an emotional experience that I will never forget.

Here’s hoping that next year, Luc gets back to his usual stellar self and continues to be a strong leader for Milwaukee on and off the field. And speaking of strength…

Courage: CC Sabathia is out of rehab. He’s giving an exclusive interview to ABC’s Robin Roberts. In the interview, he says that he woke up in Baltimore and realized he had to take control of his life. He also makes a very valid point:

I understand where, you know, fans would be upset and people would not understand. If it was my knee or if it was anything else, then people wouldn’t have a problem with it. You know, it being alcoholism, it was tough for people to swallow, but it’s the same thing.

I think it takes an extraordinary amount of courage to admit that you have a problem, that you’ve lost control, that your life is spiraling out of control. At the end of the day, baseball is a game. Yes, I know that many people (such as myself) put an incredible amount of value into it in our daily lives, but it is just a game played by human beings who have weaknesses and frailties. That Sabathia decided to seek treatment in order to become a healthy person again, which directly impacts not only his personal life and the lives of his family, but also the Yankees as well – how anyone can be upset that he took the necessary steps to get back to being a whole person is beyond me. A healthy, sober CC Sabathia is an investment that I’m sure the Yankees would take every time over one start in the playoffs and potentially ruining the rest of his life and career.

[Tip of the cap to Gadfly for the interview link.]

11 thoughts on “The Midnight Snack – Thursday

  1. I’m very curious about this one, does anyone here know how one would feel if he/she’s drunk? If you started drinking alcoholic beverages for the first time, would that trigger some addiction? I haven’t drank any kind of beverages with alcohol content yet due to my 19 yrs of age (21-22 are stated as legal here in the NCR Makati area, and is highly prohibited in or near college campuses), but I really just want to know cause I’ll be soon in that age too, even though I would like to try and avoid it, peer pressure will undoubtedly change that…

    I just want a little heads up. Thanks.

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    • does anyone here know how one would feel if he/she’s drunk?

      There’s not a single answer to this question. Alcohol affects different people in a whole ton of different ways. Some people get happy, some get depressed, some get angry, some get violent. Some become introverted and shy, others become extroverted and uninhibited….and that’s nowhere near a complete list.

      More than that, alcohol affects people differently at different times. I’m pretty sure I’ve had every single one of those moods/experiences when I’ve been drunk in the past, and still others I don’t really remember, because “blackout drunk” is also a thing. There’s a whole bunch of variables that can change the course of how things go.

      As for becoming instantly addicted after a single drink….I can’t say I’ve ever heard of something like that. Not saying it can’t happen, just that I’ve never seen it. (Cocaine and/or heroin on the other hand, that stuff can get its hooks in you instantly. Steer clear of that shit.)

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      • I second longfootlefty’s response. I doubt a single drink would do it, but really you need to look at your biological family history and determine if alcoholism is a problem. In my family, on both sides, it is, so I avoid drinking. But for many people its not a real problem. I suggest you investigate your family history on this one.

        In general though, a drink in moderation is usually safe. Drinking to get drunk is where you are more likely to run into problems.

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      • This is a good summation.

        Having known a few recovered alcoholics, is seems that there are different responses to drinking. A family member wouldn’t drink and we wouldn’t drink around him because just the smell of alcohol would make him want it….if he was coming over, no one drank as a courtesy….if someone didn’t know or they just popped in and people were drinking, he would quietly go outside and smoke his pipe. He just didn’t trust himself to be around it.

        I would suggest that when you start drinking, you consider how it affects you and use that information to guide your drinking decisions (how/when/how much). Family history can be an indicator, but my family has a number of alcoholics (most of them recovered) and I love to drink, but I’ve always been able to control my drinking and often go weeks with nothing to drink despite have beer and probably about 10 kinds of hard liquor in the house all the time. Even in college, I could go to parties and not drink if I had work that needed to be done the next day and couldn’t afford (time or money wise) to drink.

        If how you respond to alcohol scares you, or if once you start drinking you can’t stop and you regularly feel out of control or think “I can’t believe I did that” pretty much every time you drink…you should consider avoiding it.

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    • Ren, my motto in life is “all things in moderation”. A good way to avoid future complications is to limit the amount you drink. Don’t drink to get totally wasted. For example, a few beers at the ballpark is OK for most folks, but its when you start drinking behind closed doors heavily on a regular basis or hide bottles around your house that it’s a problem.

      You’re a good kid. I think you’ll be OK.

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  2. As for CC’s story? I don’t know if a teammate gave him a nudge or not. But, if a person is wanting to nudge another, saying the right, heartfelt thing, in a strong but non-nagging way, is key. And, recognizing it’s out of your hands, ultimately, of course.

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  3. Paper, that was good advice. Alcohol affects everybody differently. One has to find out how it affects them to know how to handle it. The only quibble I have with what you wrote is the use of the word “recovered”. The only recovered alcoholics I know are dead. Recovery is a day to day process. Sometimes even a minute to minute process, know, because I am an alcoholic. The urge to drink may fade, but you never know when or how it may be triggered again.

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    • Yeah, by recovered, I just mean “they don’t drink now”…relapse is always possible….I have a number of uncles that bring Bush NA (or similar product) everywhere they go where there will be drinking (e.g. picnics, BBQs, parties). Most of those never hit rock bottom, they recognized the problem (likely with the help ultimatums from their respective wives or because they had kids and that really changed their priorities) and they took steps because family was more important to them than drinking…and, of course, they get constant support from that family.

      The family members that did hit rock bottom have either stayed there or tend to bounce off of it regularly. Sad and hard to see.

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      • I actually have some problems with the perception of alcohol as a disease that can never be recovered from. I think that is certainly the case for some, and possibly most alcoholics. But people can also go through phases in their life where alcoholism is a prominent feature, and then later in their life it is a non-issue and they can drink in moderation without problem.

        For my father, alcohol dominated his life throughout his 20’s. In his early 30’s he quit cold turkey. He was fine around it for decades after that, and when he got to his late 50’s he started to drink the occasional whiskey sour without incident. It did not lead him back to alcoholism. I think the same can be said for a lot of college kids, they first gain the ability to drink and many of them binge and get drunk routinely, but once they start having real responsibilities the drinking starts to subside and eventually they are middle age and having wine on occasion.

        I don’t dismiss that for some people alcoholism is an unescapable curse and complete abstinence is the only solution. But I don’t think that is true for everyone.

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        • I agree.

          The effect of alcohol or desire to drink it is often associate with life events. As with most things, context matters.

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