Hi everyone, I’m the OP. I haven’t had much to contribute since my initial post and follow-up. But I have enjoyed reading all the comments. I just wanted to say that I still support my son 100% in his decision, but man it has been way harder for me than I thought it would be!! I am truly sad that he isn’t playing anymore. There are so many reminders in this house of his 14 years playing baseball. And it seems like every memory that pops up on Facebook is a baseball post lol. Has anyone else gone through this “mourning” when their child hung up their cleats for good? I know that must sound ridiculous, but I’ll really miss watching him play... mainly because I loved watching him do what he loved. I don’t let him know how I’m feeling though... because if I’m this sad, I know it must really be bothering him and I don’t want to make it worse for him. I know he was really, really worried about disappointing his dad and me.
Sum, yeah, i think we all go through this to varying degrees. Regarding your last two comments, it's really important to put focus on all the other things aside from baseball that make him the person that he is. Embrace his other interests, his career direction and the new passions he will find. When he sees that from you, he will be more than fine.