2015 Santa Clara Twins.
When I moved to the San Jose area to attend Palmer West I was in the prime of my baseball shape. I had just left my hitting school in Henderson, NV to Steve Johnston my best friend and teammate on the LVMSBL league. In Las Vegas I was playing baseball 2 nights a week and then some Saturday’s and every Sunday. When I got to San Jose I was dying . I did not know who to call or what to do. Luckily I met Jason Kim my first week of school and someone told him there was an ex-pro player in first quarter. He found me and introduced me to the Eastbay Shockers. They were not really impressed with me at first. I had not picked up a bat in three months let alone thrown a ball. In the end we won the league and I hit and pitched us to that championship. It was here that I met Kyle Madej. I solid pitcher from San Jose that was coaching at DeAnza College. The first day I met Kyle I dropped a huge home run at Los Medonos College. He wouldn’t leave me alone after that. Which I’m glad he didn’t. Today I am a better man in life for knowing Kyle. In 2014 I made the jump to Santa Clara Twins and the team did something that had never been done before, a perfect 20-0 season. I was a great group of guys that just found ways to win. Most of the time our team was just better, but everyone came to play us because we were undefeated. That season we lost in the league finals after a 19 inning battle with the Santa Cruz Mets. I thought it was a 17 inning game. Next year it will probably be a 26 inning game. Anyways it was one of the most exciting games I have ever played in. We came up short and it left a bad taste in all of our mouths, especially Kyle and mine.
So fast forward to 2015 and the retooling of this organization. It really is and organization. Kyle runs it like he is building an empire. New players, old players leaving, but the same core of guys. Kris Watts joined the team in 2014 and was back. Then adding a solid infielder in Rich McDowell and moving Jeff Schwan to second base to become the double play turning fool that he is. Randy Lashue in the outfield was a question mark until he started hitting and stopped dropping balls, but he hadn’t played in 10 years and he finished strong. Or Mike Menelo stuffing fastballs down hitters throats. I could go on an on about these guys but I really want to say thank you. Thank you for the break that I received every weekend from Chiropractic school. Thank you for listening to all my crazy stories and escapades of school and playing ball. Thanks for coming to me with your injuries and allowing me to work on your bodies even when I had no clue what I was doing. Just like with anything, with practice I got better. Thank you for being my brothers and never giving up…..even when there were only eight guys in the second game of a double header. If you guys didn’t know it already I love baseball. It pulses through my veins. I think about it a majority of the day, even more than sex. I realize I have a problem. You guys all got me through school. You are part of my journey so be proud. I would have gone crazy if I could not have gotten out of the house for one day a week to hopefully hit a ball that would be talked about for years to come. You guys are the best.
I’m sure I am not the only newly graduate from Chiropractic College that is thinking to themselves “Now What?” I’m still five to six months from actually being licensed to practice but I really need to work now. No more loan money to sustain me. It’s all up to me now. I laugh at this then reality sets in…. I continue to laugh. In all reality it has always been up to me. I got into school, got through all the courses, and now the end goal is here. I am officially Dr. Gregory Shepard DC. I still haven’t a clue where I am going to practice and I’m really not worried about it. In this very moment I am following the path that I have been meditating on for the last few years. And it’s really funny how it always comes together for me at the perfect time. Dr. Knox shows me a new soft tissue tool, gives me a code so I can market it, I am not working because my internship is over, yet I go in and have a divine intervention and cross paths with an old friend from 18 years ago and her husband and I know each other. He owns a baseball training facility. Being open to possibilities is a key. Always asking yourself “why?” Why would someone call and ask if I could come in? I don’t even work there! I really think that being present is a huge key. When I say present I mean that I am there, paying attention, and listening to what is being said. This is present. Not just being in the same room with my body. Not the same kind of present, that is more like auto pilot. I have plenty of those moments too. Not having a plan is really a plan to fail, so I have written out things like what and where I would like to set down roots. Originally it was back in Henderson, NV. Then I thought maybe San Jose, but no really clear vision of that ever came. Southern California? Yes, I did see a place I thought an office would be nice. Then my original vision too take over a practice in Henderson, the exact practice I wanted, dropped in front of me. So can you see that I have been thinking about what I am wanting? There is also a lot of emotion attached to this practice, especially lately because of my mom and her proximity to this location. I do want to personally that all my friends and family that supported my by donating to my scholarship fund, paid some of my fees, fed me, clothed me, and anything else that was provided to me. Clayton, Amy, Nina, Beth, Lisa, Bernabe, Kyle, my Mom, my Classmates from 133 and 134, and the staff at Palmer especially Nora, Brenda, and Eliana. I would also like to thank West Coast Umpires Association as well as Nor-Cal Tournament Baseball for allowing me to make some money to help out with school expenses. Max Lippman and Jeff Duerson with Bay Area Caterers for always calling me at the right time to work events.
Now reality is setting in. Time to go create my future. The amazing one I have been dreaming about for the last three and a half years. Keep following me because it is going to be another fun ride. Namaste
Anatomy Trains by Thomas W Myers.
I have had this book for almost three years now. A graduating student from Palmer West was getting rid of some books and other things and said. “This is a great book. You should read it.” So he gave it to me.
The interesting thing is the way the body is designed and sometimes it seems over engineered. In reality it is perfect. When patients have non resolving problems I pick up this book and look at what is connected to this area of complaint. I check the frontal, lateral and posterior trains that connect and start looking at the body like an electrical construction blue print. I palpate and touch and find areas of tenderness and pain that the patient has never even known about. Sometime when I press a spot not even close to where their complaint is they jump off the table and say, “That it! I can feel that in my low back or neck or hip.” Then I do some releasing therapy like Gavilan, GART (Greg’s Active Release Technique) or use a roller over the area to break up myofacial tissue adhesions and finally adjust them. I have noticed that the adjustments are easier to perform when the muscles and tissues are relaxed. A low back in spasm is very difficult and sometimes painful to adjust. Learn these trains and experiment with your body. It is very rewarding.