All were invited but the memo must have said Pitchers & Catchers only for the 5 brave that showed up to battle the 18º degree cold. Position players are prima donnas anyways. YHC was not making small talk when he asked if “we had any baseball fans”.

3rdF Highlights below announcements

Intro, Disclaimer, 0 FNGs (Need some men to take advantage of these sub-freezing temperature names) Brief description of the positions on the diamond and their numerical placement. Due to cold weather and injuries amongst #Natville pax, YHC was determined to make this a shoulder-friendly post.


Pax lined up along the baseline after doing a couple laps around the court

  •  Lateral Shuffle, defensive slides, A-skips (regular, height, distance), High-Knees, Butt-Kicks,  Zig-Zag Bounds in various order and levels of intensity. YHC made it known to go slow, get the blood flowing and take time. Exercise intensity normally went 50%, 75% and a couple reps, full tilt

The Thang 

Part 1 – Step-Show (Dip – Pyramid)

Men continued their relationship with the friendly steps and picnic tables.

  • Climb stairs – alternate between speed step (every step) and speed step (double/trip step)
  • Picnic Tables
    • 30 dips OYO
    • lap
    • 25 dips OYO
    • lap
    • 20 dips OYO
    • lap
    • 25 dips OYO
    • lap
    • 30 dips OYO
    • short plank until the 6 arrived.

Part 2 – Detour

Conveniently enough, this AO provides some benches perfect for box jumps. Probably built by local eagle scouts, so T-claps to those young men.

There were 3 consecutive benches.

  • 3 box jumps rapid fire per bench, 2 men per bench.
  • went down the line, back, and down the line once more
  • 27 box jumps total
  • Mosey to asphalt for some A-walks/skips to catch our breath

Part 3 – Frozen Diamond (6&12)

Men gathered at home plate, #’d off while Q gave some instructions. Number equaled position and each rotation you gained a position in number. 9 positions, 9 rotations. Men huddled up and broke to various chants.

  • 6 second sprint to infield position, 12 seconds to outfield position (to and from
    • SSH x 20 IC
    • Squats x 20 IC
    • Ice Skaters x 40 (speed count)
    • Lunge Splits x 40 (speed count)
    • Plank Jacks x 20 IC
    • Squatted Air Claps x 20 IC
    • Peter Parkers x 20 IC
    • Parker Peters x 20 IC
    • 10 Burpees OYO
  • Sprint Bases
    • Home to 1st
    • 1st to 2nd
    • 2nd to 3rd
    • 3rd to Home
  • Mosey back to picnic tables

Part 3 – Picnic Pyramid/Recess Equipment

  • 30 dips
    • 30 LBCs
  • 25 dips
    • 25 LBCs
  • 20 dips
    • 20 LBCs
  • Choose a couple exercises at playground, exercise

Mary (rest/recovery was minimal)

  • Seated copperhead windmills 1-1 x 2-2 =1 x 20
  • 20 WWII sit-ups OYO
  • Intermediate Crunch x 20 (speed count)
  • Flutter Kicks x 20 IC
  • Freddie Mercuries x 20 IC
  • 40 Toe-touches – feet hooked in fence
  • 20  Homer-to-Marge (hands hold fence)
    • 20 Low Dollies
  • Marges to the sky (hands hold fence)
    • 20 crunches (each side) feet elevated, knee crossed leg, opposite elbow to knee


  • NEW 3rd F –Details Below
  • Prayers for fellow Pax who are pregnant. (Pebbles, Long Time, Tebow)
  • Butt Fumble has a number of service projects for us to volunteer for. Please speak with him for already-present opportunities and for areas that we can serve that we may not be already.


Maneater took us out with a great message – thanks brother!

Always an honor to lead in His name – Thank you!

~ Big Mitt

Highlights from 3rdF at Search Office on Pembroke led by Bird’s Nest

  • Reviewed the Purpose of John’s gospel that he played out in Chapter 20 verses 30 & 31
    • Trusting Him, we may have life
    • Jesus came to earth, came to offer life
      • some men receive(d) Him, some stayed in darkness
      • Offered the ‘right’ to become children of God (the Father)
  • Reviewed John the Baptist (JTB)
    • Isaiah prophesied in 700 BC, Chapter 40:3-5 “In the wilderness prepare the way for the Lord (Jesus); make straight in the desert a highway for our God (Jesus)…”
      • John 1:23a “I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness”
    • Front-runner – John got the audience ready – pre-game show
    • 50 miles from Jerusalem
      • Large ministry
      • message of repentance for the coming
      • Levites (teachers of the law) visited, checked him out
        • asked him (John the Baptist) if he were Elijah (as Malachi prophesied)
        • asked him (John the Baptist) if he were Moses (the Prophet)
    • Message of ‘make straight the way for the Lord’ John 1:23b
    • Baptized people in the Jordan River
      • with water as an outwardly symbol acknowledging change/repentance
    • Points to Christ
      • He is already among us – “but among you stands one you do not know.” John 1:26
  • Looked at John the Baptist’s childhood
    • Luke 1:80 – And the child grew and become strong in spirit; and he lived in the wilderness until he appeared publicly to Israel
      • Learning took place in Jerusalem, in the temples.
      • God prepared JTB in the wilderness, which points to a broken system and uncommitted hearts
      • Mark 7:6-9
        • Jesus lights into the Israelites calling them hypocrites, only honor Him with their lips, hearts are far from Him, worship in vain, only teach human rules, let go of the commands of God, holding onto human traditions.
        • Hypocrite in Greek means – “play actor”
  • Verse 29
    • JTB proclaims Jesus as “the Lamb of God”
      • who takes away the sin of the world!
    • called the Lamb because of the sacrificial system known to the Jews
      • a sacrifice had to be made for their sin and it went like this:
        • hand on lamb’s head ( actual animal) 1 year old blameless male
        • given a knife
        • person slit lamb’s throat
        • guilt came upon person…animal did not deserve that death for what the man had done
        • real lamb, TEMPORARY forgiveness
  • Verse 34
    • JTB testifies about Jesus “I have seen and I testify that this God’s Chose One”
  • distinction made between the baptism processes
    • John baptized with water professing an outward sign, public declaration/proclamation
    • Jesus baptizes the heart while also making an outward sign, public declaration/proclamation, but also yielding a change internally and in action.
  • John has lineage to Jesus through his mother, Elizabeth
    • Elizabeth and Mary, Jesus’ mother, were cousins.

Bird’s Nest prayed us out and we’ll pick up next Tuesday finishing chapter 1 starting with John’s disciples following Jesus. We still have plenty of room for veteran and new pax alike. You know someone that needs this. #giveitaway


PAX: Big Mitt

QIC: 01/19/16