Throughout the course of the 2012 season, MVNU
junior pitcher Justin Brown will write a weekly blog about what is
happening with the baseball team.
of the Road" (posted on
May 16, 2012)
This last blog has been a
difficult one for me to write. Last week,
the Cougars' season came to a close at the
NAIA Opening Round site at Indiana Wesleyan.
We didn't play as well as we would have
liked, but sometimes that happens in sports.
There is no value in pointing the finger at
each other over who should have done what or
not have done that. The reality is that we
are done playing this season. This has been
a great opportunity to reflect back on the
amazing things we have accomplished this
season. After graduating 13 guys from the
team last season, the Cougars managed to
jump to a more competitive conference,
finish in the top three in the regular
season, win the conference tournament, and
make our third straight appearance in the
NAIA Opening Round.
It has been a
great season for us. We took on many
challenges from traveling the most distance
in the conference to sustaining some key
injuries at the beginning of the season and
all the way down to the last week of the
season. This is the most resilient group of
guys that I have ever had the privilege to
play with. Needless to say, this aspect of
the journey has come to a close, but the
journey never stops. While we will never be
the 2012 Mount Vernon Nazarene University
Baseball team again, the relationships that
we have formed in the last year of training,
competing, and growing together will remain
many years into the future. That journey
together never stops.
In this final
blog I would like to introduce two of my
good friends, Jeff Estep and Jerrob Decker:
Jeff is a
senior pitcher/infielder for the Cougars.
Estep is one of the most ornery individuals
I have ever met. The guy is always up for
some hilarious experiences. Jeff is one of
the funniest characters you will ever meet.
He always has a way to make any situation
enjoyable. Jeff is an amazing contributor on
the team with the way that he carries
himself. He enjoys baseball, and he helps
others enjoy the game as well. At this level
of baseball, it is very easy to make the
game an intense work-like experience.
Sometimes you can take the fun right out of
a game that you love. Jeff always finds a
way to help people enjoy the game. It is a
gift that he has that few people at this
level have. Just by the way he plays the
game, without saying a word, he helps you
get back to enjoying the game like you did
when you were a child.
Jerrob is a
senior right-handed pitcher for the Cougars.
Over the years, Jerrob and I have been very
close. We became close friends as freshmen
and that friendship has just developed over
time. We have the exact same sense of humor
and it has gotten us both in trouble in
class over time. Jerrob is a genuine person
who enjoys forging relationships with
people. It has been amazing to see the
spiritual growth that he has had since our
freshman year when we moved in to MVNU. I
know the road has come to a close with
Jerrob and things did not turn out the way
that he wanted with an injury this
offseason. But I am confident that the way
that he has handled this storm in his life
has brought him closer to God who has so
much more in store for his life. I am
thrilled to see the way the Lord blesses
Jerrob in the years to come.
With you on the Journey,
"Touch 'em All with Justin Brown" Complete