There was a lot of disappointment on the field for me this year, but despite that, I am so thankful that we were able to play. There was a time when we all thought we wouldn’t have a season at all in 2020 — I’m glad that prediction was wrong. But now, I’m so glad to be able to be home with my family.
This season was much quieter without the fans or the camaraderie that we usually have in the ballpark and dugout; the energy seemed lacking. It was also more difficult to keep up team chemistry since we had to socially distance ourselves. There were no team dinners or hangouts like we normally would do at the clubhouse. In fact, we even had to spread out our lockers to be six feet away from our teammates. It was very isolating.
I’ve missed engaging with my teammates on a deeper level. It was difficult to stay on the same page with everyone, but with the limited amount of time that we had this season, I really tried to be present and engaged with my teammates at every opportunity I could. It was important for me to enjoy each moment I had with them and then, ultimately, aim to make a Kingdom impact on them in any way possible.
It’s easy for us to brush past someone and take their response at face value. Being in isolation makes it even harder for us to go deeper in relationships because our time with them is so limited. I’ve been trying to be really intentional to ask my teammates how they are doing on a daily basis. It’s one thing to act like you’re doing great when you’re around other people, but many times we can be suffering on a personal level. This pursuit of people was something I stretched myself with this year. It’s not always easy to do, but I do it because I care about my teammates. Isolation is hard, but it doesn’t have to be as brutal as we may make it.
I’ve been through a lot of ups and downs in my career, especially early on. Now that I am on a team with a very young roster, I hope to help them through similar situations that I went through at their stage.
There are plenty of things we can spend our time and thoughts on, but people are the most important. If we aren’t sharing the love and care of Christ with those He’s put around us, what are we doing? We’re not meant to live in isolation, so don’t let yourself get too comfortable there.
— Nick Ahmed, Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop
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