The smells of dirt, freshly cut grass, sweat, and smoke from a pipe remind me of softball. The dirt, grass, and sweat for obvious reasons. The pipe because I had a teammate whose dad always had a pipe. It’s funny the things that bring us right back to former times in our life. I can still feel the effortless swing of the bat my body somehow knew how to do without much thought from me. Although it always felt great to start back up at the beginning of the season, I remember my abdominal muscles would feel very sore for the first few practices. That twisting movement is something we tend to forget when working out in the winter months. If you are getting back into a sport for the summer (softball, baseball, golf), then make sure your core is ready to handle the movements required.