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Pro softball vets put 'real' life on hold

Updated: June 12, 2014, 1:27 PM ET
By Graham Hays | espnW.com

ROSEMONT, Ill. -- Minutes after her Chicago Bandits lost to the USSSA Pride in the National Pro Fastpitch championship last August, Amber Patton struggled to find the words to answer a question about her future.

Her voice cracked, then trailed off, and she visibly fought back tears. Not about the championship just lost but about what came next.

Chicago's third baseman admitted she didn't know whether she would return for a sixth season.

"I ...

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