Cordes on the importance of family

By Codi Warren | May 05, 2011, 12 a.m. (ET)

Leading up to the International Softball Federation IX Jr. Women's World Championship (19-and-under), December 6-17, 2011, in Cape Town, South Africa, USA Softball Junior Women's National Team members Cheyenne Cordes, an outfielder from Fairfield, Calif., and Chelsea Goodacre, a catcher from Temecula, Calif., will be blogging biweekly for

May 5, 2011

Cordes: 'My family is and always will be my biggest fans'

It's me Cheyenne Cordes.

I'm back for another blog.

I would like to start off by giving a shout out to my USA Softball Junior Women's National Team teammate, Amber Freeman, for her feature in the May 2 edition Sports Illustrated! What an awesome young lady. She was profiled as one of the "Faces in the Crowd".

I would also like to say how thankful I am that Coach Patrick Murphy and the Alabama softball team members are safe after such a horrible tragedy in Tuscaloosa, Ala. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families who lost loved ones in the tornado. Hearing about this tragedy made me think about how fast things can change.

This blog is completely dedicated to family and how important family has been in my success in the game of softball. Every softball player has things they need in order to do well. For some girls it's a certain color Gatorade or their lucky bow but for me it's my family.

My family is and always will be my biggest fans, and I can always count on them to be there for me. Every single one of them has been a big part of my game for a very long time.

My grandma Holly is my own personal score keeper that has record of probably every single game I have played since I first started playing travel ball when I was seven.

My mom, Tracy, and my Grandpa, Papa John, are my own personal coaches on and off the field. Thanks to these two I have never had to pay for hitting or fielding lessons. To all of you parents and grandparents, tough love always pays off. These two never took it easy on me and always had, and still have, high expectations for me. I’ll never forget what they told me when I was seven years old and got my first hit in my first ASA game, “You don’t get a reward for getting hits, you’ll be rewarded when you do something great.”Good ole mom and pops.

Then there is my Aunty Terra who has done some crazy things to contribute to my success, such as phone calls on the side of the road when she can't make it to the games, and smoking a cigarette to relax herself for me. She says when she is relaxed she sends her good vibes to me wherever I am in the world playing ball. She does these crazy things because she thinks it will be the reason I get a good hit or hit a home run. I can't lie to you guys. My superstitions always gets the best of me and I believe her.

My brother Bubba, I can’t thank him enough. My family and I always knew that my life would be all about softball, but what I never took into account was my brothers countless hours spent out at the field either helping me get better or watching me play. I will forever be grateful for the sacrifices he made for me to live my dream.

My teammate for life is my cousin Teanna Brooks. She and I have been through a lot together, from all day practices to five game days. We have a bond that can’t be broken, and even though we don’t play together anymore we will forever be by each other's sides on the field in spirit cheering each other on.

Last but certainly not least is my softball sister, Danielle Henderson. We have only played together for five years but I can honestly say that I have never felt more in sync with a girl on the field than I do when I am on the field with her. Thankfully for me, we will both be attending the University of California Berkeley in the fall.

I told you all of this about me and my family because I want you to think about those important people in your life that contribute to your success. Once you think about these people and what they have done for you, you will realize that they deserve a lot more than words can express. Like Voltaire once said, “Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.”

In closing, I would like to wish all of those seniors out there a safe and happy prom and graduation! In just a short time we will enter into the next phase in our lives. Enjoy each phase while it lasts!

Well, that's all for this blog!

I can't wait till next time!!!!

Cheyenne Cordes
USA Softball