Wednesday, June 29, 2011

VOLKSWAGEN KNOWS BASEBALL

Baseball can be a rough sport on your brain. Seriously, in the almost twenty years of playing, its given me my fair share of headaches. Ok, maybe not twenty years of headaches. When I played Little League the game was a little different. If you went 0 for 4 or your team didn't win it really didn't matter. Your coach was still taking the team out for ice cream sundaes after the game. Unfortunately, they don't allow twenty-six year olds to play Little League, and if you tried I'm sure you'd be getting a call from Chris Hansen at Dateline NBC. Baseball changes quite a bit after your mom stops driving you and your teammates to your games on the weekends. You've probably heard that at some point baseball becomes a "business." That may be true to a degree, but the changes I'm talking about have nothing to do with money. The game just gets hard.

Like with anything in life, it's not very fun when you fail, and in baseball you fail A LOT. I mean, if you fail seven out of ten times during your career as a Major League hitter there's a good chance you're going to the Hall of Fame. In what other line of work are you considered great for succeeding 30% of the time? You might be thinking, "man, all I have to do to be great is succeed 30% of the time? Where do I sign up?!?!" Well, that's the part that drives you crazy. It's really friggin' hard to be that successful, especially at the Major League level. Honestly, if you play baseball long enough it's an absolute certainty that at some point you will experience the desire to rip all of your hair out of your head. There's a reason why teams around the league are hiring sports psychologists to help their players improve their play. There's a reason why the "mental game" is such a big part of succeeding. It's because if you aren't mentally tough and don't know how to cope with some of the emotions this game will put you through, you really won't succeed.

Anyways, that was basically a really long intro for something that probably doesn't require one. I saw this on TV a few days ago and it really made me laugh. I get asked questions all the time about being a baseball player. Things like, what it's like to go through a slump, and what it feels like to have your swing go from feeling great one day to feeling like absolute crap the next? If you can't imagine what it feels like to not have things go your way as a hitter, this kid pretty much sums it up.

7 comments:

  1. I do believe the wonderful Brian Wilson put on the perfect display of how frustrating baseball can be lastnight. Maybe the beard no longer puts fear in others. It just might be time he shaves that beast off. I am actually thinking about putting a rack of bats & a row of water coolers in my yard so when work or whatever else frustrates me I can just go outside & go on the attack. Looks like great stress relief. I imagine I'd feel like a ninja. You ever snap and attack things?!

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  2. I liked the part where brian wilson just stopped, cracked his neck and went back to watching the game!
    Also matt i know i am probably getting a little annoying with this but where do i send a letter to? Just the address of the chiefs and then put your name on it. I already sent two. Am i doing anything wrong?

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  3. Or did you get either of them yet?

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  4. haha love the commercial it  reminds me last year at this time when I got mad and threw my degree away then my brother digging it out and said "if you don't want it, I'll take it" long story short after earning my Bachelors I could not for the life of me to find a freaking job and countless interviews seems like I went no where. :-/ so its like beating that pinta!!!! Getting Nothing! lol

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  5. Haha I think he would be scary with or without the beard...nah I'm not one to break stuff, but I do have some sweet ninja moves

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  6. Haven't seen anything yet but ill keep checking...ya the chiefs stadium and put my name on it

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  7. Yes that's exactly how baseball feels sometimes lol

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