Sunday, December 20, 2009

MAIL BAG

Bob from New York asks:

How do players keep a positive attitude when they find themselves in a slump?
Hi Bob. Thanks for writing the question, even though I don't like thinking too much about slumps. Hitting slumps are really weird. Baseball seems like the only sports where you can feel like the greatest hitter in the world one second, and have no idea what your doing the next. Slumps can be absolutely the most frustrating things in the world, but the thing you usually have to remember is that they are a part of the game. You can't go 4-4 every game (That is unless your Albert Pujols). You are bound to have no hit games, and sometimes your going to have a couple of them bunched together. You will also have three or four games in a row of multi-hit games. Baseball usually has a funny way of evening things out.
The times that it is tough to keep a positive attitude is when your slump lasts and lasts and lasts and you don't know what to do to get out of it. Over the last few years I have been in some really long slumps at times. It was something that I had never experienced in my life, so believe me it was really, really frustrating. I have gone through times when I had anything but a positive attitude. I guess the one thing you have to do is always believe in your ability and know that if you keep putting in the time and working hard things will turn around for you. The thing about baseball is once you hit the ball the game is out of your control. You can feel great and not get any hits, and you can feel horrible and go 4 for 4. The most important thing is to keep an even keel and keeping working hard whether you are doing great or not.
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