Silver Lining

By Chris Harms

When one door closes, it doesn’t always mean another one will open. Sometimes you have to make one … and then go right through it.

The coronavirus has altered the trajectory of the world, mine included. 

When we were sent home from Spring Training in March, none of us expected to still be at home eight months later. In fact, I still have a suitcase full of clothes left in my locker in the Dominican Republic.

The minor league season went by with no games or practices being played. We kept in touch with our players via Zoom, phone calls and messaging. To say my first year in professional baseball was underwhelming would be an understatement. I kept telling myself to “make the most of it.”

And that’s what I did. And that’s what I’m still doing.

The inception of the Muscle Farm is briefly described here. Essentially, I have accumulated an array of equipment and blended it with the uniqueness of the Farm. There may be other places out there like it, but I’ve never been. Creating it, and with getting the chance to impact my community, has been one of the most fulfilling things I have ever done; something that probably would not have presented itself if the pandemic had never happened. Friends of old started reaching out, asking if they could come to the Farm and train. A group of hard-working Muscle Farmers have emerged, making the most of the situation and of every day.

But we are still looking to grow.

While my job with the Giants may never return, I have created a new one. Here, in Citrus Heights - the same place where I grew up. I’ve traveled the world seeking knowledge, and I still have so much to learn. But bringing it back to where it all began, this is special.

I still have a few spaces available for one-on-one and small group training. If you live in the area and want to “make the most of it,” reach out to me and let’s start growing together.

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