Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
We appreciate the many, many emails, texts, tweets and other forms of best wishes and for all those who shared with us what they appreciate on this day of expressing thanks.
Here are a few of our favorites among all those we received—a trio of nice sentiments from three talented players in the Tennessee Mojo organization—who summed up nicely what many softball players feel about their sport and those who support them.
We’ll look to put up more from our readers and contributors on our platforms over the next week!
And on behalf of the entire Extra Inning Softball staff, I express our gratitude to you, the passionate softball player, family member, coach and fan!
--- Brentt Eads, Extra Inning Softball
I’m thankful for my coach and team who believed in me after having shoulder surgery when previous coaches didn’t. I’m thankful for my health, my recovery and being able to play softball again.
I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for the endless love and support provided by my parents. Most importantly, I am thankful for God and all the opportunities He has provided me in my softball career.
At Thanksgiving, my family takes this time to all get together and show our love for each other and enjoy time together. With softball and my parents working, our time as a family can be limited so we use this time to gather together as a family.
--- OF Abbey Smith, Class of 2021
Tennessee Mojo 2021 – Brooks, Auburn commit
It’s Thanksgiving week and I am very thankful for everything I have.
Softball is a big part of my life and I am thankful for it. This sport has allowed me to travel all over the country and meet so many incredible people.
I am thankful for my amazing parents who are allowing me to be able to play this sport the way I do. I am so thankful for all of the coaches that have helped me get to the place I am today.
For Thanksgiving me and my family go over to my grandparents and eat so much food and watch the football games that are on TV. Happy Thanksgiving!
3B/SS Taylor Pannell, Class of 2022
Tennessee Mojo – Fisher, uncommitted
I am thankful that I was born into this sport. I've been in the dugout as long as I can remember.
I grew up watching my older sisters play and my dad coach. This Thanksgiving, I am most thankful for the ability God has gave me to play this sport. I know now it can be taken away at any moment.
On August the 24th, 2018, I suffered my first-ever injury. I had a dislocated knee and broke my knee cap. Fourteen months later, on October 23rd, 2019, it happened again. I had MPFL surgery on November 12th and started Physical Therapy last week.
I know with hard work I will come back strong and be back on the field in late spring. This has made me thankful and more appreciative of the time I spend on the softball field. I am thankful for every pitch, every at-bat, and the time I spend with family and teammates.
I am thankful for my faith, family, friends, and my doctor. All of the people that care about me in and out of the sport. All the prayers, thoughts, and concerns from people in and out of the sport including people I don't really know that know me from being at the ball field.
I am the youngest of four and all of my sisters and my brother live in other states now, so myself, mom, and dad started going to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee a few years ago. I guess this has become our new tradition!
P/1B/MIF Paige Vickery, Class of 2023
Tennessee Mojo 2023, uncommitted