Striving to Be Box Free by Kelly Sajonia
There are many in baseball.
There’s a catcher’s box, the batter’s box, and two coach’s boxes found in foul territory by first and third base. There are the highly coveted box seats for spectators too.
When it comes to baseball, I find there is another box; it’s the one people attempt to put me in when baseball is brought up in conversation.
It quickly becomes clear how much I know about the sport and what a passion it is for me: certain teams I follow, baseball strategies, the upcoming season, my favorite manager, and more.
And then the questions begin.
“Why do you like baseball so much?”
“Did you have brothers growing up?”
“Was your dad a big fan of the sport?”
“What guy in your life turned you on to baseball?”
I cringe with each comment received and always wonder if these questions are ever asked of men. Is it really that odd? Why does emphasis need to be placed on why I like baseball?
Of course I know the answer to the question: because I am a female.
There are many boxes people want to place others in based upon gender, race, sex, sexual orientation, political affiliation, and more. But no one fits perfectly in these boxes. Stereotypes have the potential to limit one’s greatness, creativity, happiness, and more.
Why can’t we just uniquely be?
No boxes to define us.
Simply living our lives, happily box-free.