However, after dealing with the past few seasons, you learn to look at the positives. As a former athlete at Illinois State University myself, I know what kind of commitment a Division I sport is made of.
However, I currently spend my days as a NARP non-athletic regular person , and fully commit my weekends to being a loving, supportive, baseball girlfriend.
The struggle is real, my friends. Let me give you a little insight: For starters, a typical baseball practice can range anywhere from two to five hours. Guess who took a nap for three hours and then was bored stiff the next two? This really goes for any athlete, but when you date a baseball player, it gets tough. The poor guys have four or five games a week, and when you miss class, homework piles up.
Also, prepare yourself to be an independent woman, because from February to May, baseball will consume his life. Now, being a baseball girlfriend has its downfalls, but it also has so many perks, and if you and your man stay strong through the season, the end product is insanely gratifying. For one, you learn how to have a life outside of your relationship.
Through the past few seasons, I have learned to keep my life balanced in regards to my studies, my health and my social life. Plus, nothing beats that excitement that bubbles up when you realize you get to see your boyfriend after being apart for a week or two.
If anything, it makes your relationship stronger. If your guy has a bad game, you are his go-to girl for support, advice and comfort. If he has a good game, hats off to you because a good game equals ice cream and infinite snuggles while watching Netflix.
Another perk is that you get to watch your man in action. You see your guy in his own element, and these days, that is something that is beyond rare. Through all of this, you admire his hard work and the years of commitment he has to the sport, because after a big win, there is nothing better than seeing a huge, boyish smile plastered on his face.
All in all, being a baseball girlfriend is not that bad. It might get hard, and you may get lonely from time to time, but that makes the moments you have with him worth the ride.