I learned how to have sportsmanship. As a teammate I learned other’s strengths and weaknesses. It has taught me communication on the field whether I’m on defense or offense. Dugout chanting always brings the team’s spirits together in a positive way. Softball also taught me to be responsible, and being responsible played a big role in being a team captain.
They showed up an hour early to warm up and take batting practice as if it is needed for middle aged slow pitch softball. They are the type that after they get a hit or home run, they jog slowly around the bases with their head held high acting like somebody cares about them. After the games they are the ones that are talking like they are a few good games away from getting that big call from the Yankees. The soon to be pro irritates me the most. Also wandering around the fields is the forty year old teenager.
The Mental State of Baseball Many people think that playing a sports is all fun and games. However, there many games played in the game of baseball than your season schedule, mind games that is. Many players go into mental states called over thinking; I know this cause I have been one of them. Psychology is a big part of the game of baseball on and off the field. The game consist of know who your runner is if he is fast or slow down the baseline, is he pull or push guy swinging, how do we need to pitch him fast balls or curve balls?
With many difficulties in his childhood, before he started to play ball. Before “Fernando Mania,” the star a left handed pitcher played for leagues in Guanajuato and Yucatan. In 1981 the Dodgers discovered him. And that’s were it all began. In 1977 a Los Angeles scout discovered Valenzuela in a Mexican baseball league.
I had to prove my skills to my new coaches because I was smaller than the rest of the kids and didn’t have the same knowledge or experience they did. After try-outs my new coach had approached my dad and told him that they where very excited to have me on there team, and with time and practice my skill would improve even more. The hardest part of playing with the older kids was that I was no longer hitting a ball of the T, but now the kids where the pitchers. Even after practice 4 days a week my dad would take me to the park and throw, what seemed like a hundred baseballs, to me and I would practice my hitting. It didn’t take long for my hand-eye coordination to develop and hitting a baseball thrown at me was no longer a problem.
Believe it or not softball has not always been a sport designed for women. It actually started around Thanksgiving in the late 1800’s when alumni from Yale and Harvard got excited about the results from a Harvard-Yale football game. Angered because Yale had lost, an alumnus picked up an old boxing glove and chucked it towards the other side of the room. A Harvard fan saw the glove flying across the room and attempted to hit it in midair with a stick back at the Yale supporter. From that event George Hancock had an idea to start an indoor version of baseball.
As I was taught from my coaches over the years, the two questions you had to ask yourself between pitches was “what am I going to do if the ball is hit to me?” and “what am I going to do if the ball isn’t hit to me?” If you answered these questions before the pitch was thrown then you would know what to do as soon as something happened instead of having to stop and think about it, this is needed because as previously stated most things in Baseball happen in less than three seconds. An example of this process would be turning a double play. If you where playing in the position of Shortstop than before the pitch was thrown you would have to first identify that there is a runner on first base, second you should think if the ball is hit to me I should either throw the ball to the second baseman or take it to second base myself, then throw the ball over to first all in time to get the runner heading to first out. Lastly if the ball is not hit to me and it is hit on the left side of the infield than as the shortstop I am responsible for being on second base to receive a throw and then to throw it over to first to get the second runner out. If the ball is hit the right side of the infield than I am not responsible for second base anymore
Alexander had friends and people that enjoyed being around him now mostly because of baseball. Baseball prepares children for life. Baseball helps children develop hand and eye coordination, helps them stay active, and helps them stay out of trouble. Baseball helps children with hand and eye coordination. While they are on the field or up to bat, they are constantly throwing, catching, and batting.
With my voice I am able to share my biggest secrets and tell my latest jokes, with my best friend of course. My voice helps me be the unsurpassed person I strive to be. Without my voice I wouldn’t be able to support my friends and stand by them as much as I do now. My voice is what is heard by others around me. It can be used to stand up for what I believe in even if it is standing up for younger kids getting bullied or even myself.
Throughout my young life many things has happened and plenty of things that I cherish, I was given the opportunity to do it one things that I cherish a lot is the sport of Baseball. I went from being the starting third baseman in my sophomore year to team captain in my senior year of high school. My history of baseball didn’t start from when I was little playing catch with my dad in the backyard. It all started with a simple question by my History teach in middle school. The sport of baseball was never an interest of mine until I gave it a chance.