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Frosted Flakes: Choosing a Path, Baseball Draft, and Belmont Stakes

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Today is a big day for the Husker baseball team.

I received an unexpected phone call this week. It was a good phone call, but still unexpected.

I am now contemplating new paths - ones that I don’t feel like I’m ready for. Of course, that means I should go for it. Something that is scary or challenging (but not illegal or immoral) means that I need to step up. I should push myself and seek out new worlds and new civilizations...errr new opportunities.

Maybe I’ll be really bad at it.

Maybe it will all fall apart and prove to be a mirage.

Maybe it won’t be the right choice.

There has been some recent upheaval on the job front for me. But I found a comfortable landing spot. I like what I do and I’m good at it. I’m not one to hop around from spot to spot. Persistence is a virtue of mine.

This new opportunity will pay less. It will be more stressful. As mentioned before, I could be really bad at it.

But I have the chance to make a difference in a bigger way than at any other time in my career.

It may be a cliche, but a famous Robert Frost poem applies here.

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Frosted Flakes

In case you didn’t know, the major league baseball draft is on Day Three. It is a significant day for Husker baseball. Even with the subpar season, there are a lot of Huskers (current or future) who may be drafted. Graduating seniors who are out of eligibility, like Luis Alvarado, Jake Hohensee, and Scott Schreiber serve to promote the Husker program when they are drafted in upper rounds. High school recruits (Colby Gomes, Kyle Perry, Spencer Schwellenbach) or players with eligibility left (Jesse Wilkening, Chad Luensmann) that are drafted high enough to leave can significantly alter the trajectory of a college program.

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Then There’s This

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