Talking Shop: Shopshire promoted after 16 long days


Shopshire's prayers were answered when he was promoted back up.

Hello readers! I would like to first apologize for the delay of my update. I have been on a roller coaster ride over here. It has been a long three weeks, but here it is: Good things usually happen to those who wait.

Last time I posted, I had just been demoted to extended spring training. I was in extended for a grueling sixteen days. It was spring training all over again. Waking up at 7 a.m., breakfast at the field, stretch, fundamentals, and games at 1 p.m. It is extremely hot in Florida right now, and playing games in the middle of the day is definitely not ideal. It was not fun. I didn’t enjoy my time down in extended, but I think I made improvements in my game. Ultimately, that is what is most important in my career right now. After those long 16 days, it finally came: the call back to my team. I am very excited to be back where I can have some fun and play baseball games almost every night.

These last three weeks were mentally challenging. I thought about throwing in the towel, wondered if I am good enough to make it in this business and questioned if this is the life I am supposed to lead.

These thoughts ran though my head for the first time in my life.

Baseball is my passion and I believe that I am really good at playing this game. I questioned my life’s dreams and prayed for guidance. Some of my prayers were answered but many were not. I don’t know where I am going to be in three years but I do know where I am today. I give my blessing every day when I see that sunshine through my window.

I am extremely blessed to play baseball and get paid for doing it. I know I have a college degree and can always go to the 8-to-5 job, but that is not where I am in my life. I am getting to work/play a game I love day in and out. Taking advantage of every day is all I need to do. Don’t take for granted the things you have in this life because you never know when it could all be gone. I have a baseball signed by one of the game’s greatest, Trevor Hoffman. This ball says “never leave yourself with the question ‘What if?’.” That is exactly what I am going to do. I don’t want to have that void in my life, asking myself “what if?” I will continue to fight and live my dream.

Whatever happens happens. I am going to give it my all and have no regrets.

Ryan Shopshire
Proverbs 3:1-12

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  1. Ryan…Congrats on getting called back to the team…we are cheering for you all the way!!
    Love…from San Diego…The Sciuto Family…Joe, Barb, J.J., Frankie, Joe and Jennae

  2. So good to hear of your progress Ryan. Keep up the good (hard) work! You are right, no “what ifs”. Think of the many who would love to be in your shoes, getting paid to play the game they love too. If this is for you it will be…..if not you have done your very best and no one can ever take that from you!!! All our love and support, Aunt Marie

  3. So good to hear of your progress Ryan. Keep up the good (hard) work! You are right, no “what ifs”. Think of the many who would love to be in your shoes, getting paid to play the game they love too. If this is for you it will be…..if not you have done your very best and no one can ever take that from you!!! All our love and support, Aunt Marie

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