When the curve breaks at your head

and you get plunked with an errant fastball

When you play eight games in eight days

and go to bed with every muscle aching

worry about your arm giving out

One bad slide can break your wrist, your ankle, your leg

You wonder should you quit

go back to college

ask for a trade

Maybe next season, you will get called up

maybe you won't

You're getting older

Your star is dimming

Your signing bonus is long spent

How long can your wife and kid

survive on $20,000 a year?

You know it is

minor league ball

but you have big league worries.