How to Finally WIN!!!
- Winning is just that. Scoring one more run than the other team. It shouldn’t be that difficult.
- Create positive habits where success is more likely
- Practice doing what winners do
- Keep a positive mindset to always get better
- Never settle after a win
- Set individual game goals
More so winning isn’t everything, but it is something. Winning athletic competitions is in our spirit as humans. The strive to succeed is ingrained in all of us, so I felt a guide to winning could be a good start for someone that hasn’t achieved success lately. I like to look at winning as a reward for all the practice and preparation done with the goal of becoming a better baseball player. The above strategies are key assets to making winning more of a likelihood than a challenge. Write these down on a note pad and put them in your baseball bag and remind yourself often that winning is just a result of preparation, practice and hard work. Only those who do the work to win and practice the right way will be the most successful at their position and most valuable player to their team. If you aren’t a winner as a team, you can almost certainly know that you tried your best and have succeeded personally even if as a team it was a losing effort. One last reminder is that as you progress to different teams, some may win and some may lose but to win more often you as an athlete must improve and meet and exceed personal goals. By excelling in personal accomplishments you’ll be attracting yourself to winners and other team’s will look to recruit you to join them and their winning team.
“When we lost I couldn’t sleep at night. When we win I can’t sleep at night. But when you win, you wake up feeling better” -Joe Torre (Mets, Braves, Cardinals, Yankees Manager 1977 – 1984, 1990 to Present)
To make the most of each in game at bat you must be prepared first. As you prepare to step into the batters box watch the pitcher and imagine that he is delivery and pitching to you. Your repetitions and all your preparation have prepared you for your swing in the box. Think positive that the pitcher is going to give you the perfect pitch designed to give you the most optimal contact point. Essentially by thinking that the pitcher is throwing you home run derby pitches rather than trying to strike you out will enable you to control what you do with each pitch in the at bat. Think as if you are in control of what you do with each pitch and it is up to you whether or not to swing. The worst that can happen is failure and you get another opportunity the very next pitch.
Slow the game down, take a deep breath and step into the batters box.
Focus on the pitcher’s throwing should and imagine it being a pitching machine ready to deliver you the perfect most hittable pitch.
As the pitcher goes into his motion. RELAX. Relax and keep your body loose and ready to rotate as a more relaxed body will all for faster speed of swing.
Minimize movement and rotate your hips and back knee toward the pitcher and focus on extending your hands to not only meet the ball but explode through the ball trying to saw the baseball in half with your bat at contact.
As you explode through the bat on contact finish your swing as balanced as possible and keeping your front hip in as you rotate through the pitch extending your hands.
Wherever the ball is hit at contact is irrelevant. You did what you can do and now its time to sprint as hard as you can to first base at maximal effort to avoid getting out.
Success….you slowed the game down. Controlled the situation and maximized the at bat. Learn from the Experience and dominate the next at bat.
Was just reflecting back on the opportunity that Adam Greenburg was given a few months ago to have a chance at another major league at bat since he was hit in the head in his only other opportunity. What a chance of a lifetime, to be a on a big league field with the upper 2% of Major Leaguers and be able to face the best of the best. And to take that to an even more extreme he had to face what would be the NL Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey on top of that. I guess it could be worse, facing Randy Johnson perhaps or Craig Kimbrel, but then again it’s still an opportunity of a lifetime. I was reviewing baseballreferance.com and looked up a former catcher who played with the Astros, Brian Esposito, I remembered one weekend when the main catcher Humberto Quintero was injured and Jason Castro was having knee issues they called up Esposito to help out with catching duties and during that weekend he didn’t get a big league hit. I don’t even remember if he got into either game. I know he probably collected the major league minimum day rate for those two days and was sent back by Monday to AAA Oklahoma to finish out the season. Since, he has been picked up and released by several teams and currently is unsigned pending further notification. I remember way back around 2004 the Astros had Fanfest and I got the opportunity to talk to Jeff Bagwell and wish him luck on the upcoming season and he replied back, I hope I do good and he’s thankful he has the opportunity. I know as time goes on every year there is some stud player in each organization that is one call up from taking a struggling veteran’s position and roster spot. In most recent years big time hitters Richie Sexson, Derrick Lee, Todd Helton all come to mind as dominant major leaguers in their time that were shooed out over time or dealt to other teams in favor of clearing revenue and opening roster spots for rebuilding. The moral of this article though is is if you have an opportunity, make the best of it. You never know if that is the only opportunity you will have and secondly if it may never be possible for another opportunity ever. So even if it is an opportunity against the greatest ever, get that hit and go out on top.Just remember Marcus Thames hit a home run off Randy Johnson in his first major league at bat, if he was never allowed to hit or sent down and never called back up to the big leagues, at least he prevailed against the best.