My Journey to become a College Softball player Raegan Nunez 09/30/2012 3rd Period Honors English--Descriptive Essay Mr. Cornutt I love the thrill of standing at home plate, waiting for the pitcher to release the ball because in those few seconds I get to decide how, if and when to swing my bat. My dad signed me up for softball when I was only about seven or eight years old. I had watched the women’s college softball world series and Arizona State University took the title. It was the most exciting thing I had ever seen and I decided that I wanted to be just like those girls when I grew up. There have been many hours of hard work, travel and money spent on my training and I’m grateful for the opportunity provided to me as such a little girl with a big dream.
A-In 1997 Rockdale Youth Baseball Association’s coach Eddie Bagwell invited the first child with a disability to play baseball on his team; Michael a 7 year old child in a wheel chair attended every game and practice, while cheering on his 5 year old brother play America’s favorite pass-time. And in 1998, other children with disabilities were invited to play baseball on a typical baseball field within the baseball complex of the Rockdale Youth Baseball Association (RYBA). The players had expressed the desire to dress in uniforms, make plays in the field, and round the bases just like their main stream peers. The league began with 35 players on four teams that first year. There were no programs to copy.
I was so happy that I didn’t have to worry about the stress of this topic anymore. My parents were so proud that about how determined I was. Now I realize that it wasn’t until I completed the Geometry class in my junior year that I passed the regents in June of 2011. I believe this is because Geometry was the necessary class to take before Algebra II Trigonometry but the curriculum in my school district wasn’t set up that way, causing many students to fail. Many students who failed were “A Students” and never failed a test before this.
“Hey kid, I like your hat. Wanna trade?” I was astonished to hear these words come from a person who I had looked up to for the last two years of my life. Roger Cedeño was traded to the New York Mets in 2001 and was their starting leadoff hitter for the following two years. At this point in my life, I was an avid Mets fan, even at the age of 8, and quickly began to admire the way Mr. Cedeño handled himself on and off the field. On May 15th of 2002, the Mets were playing the Montreal Expos in Shea Stadium and my father had obtained two front row seat tickets to the game via his business partner.
One of my first games with the new team brought up a problem I never had to deal with before. I had no idea what my teammates body language meant. On my old team, I could look at their faces or their stance and tell if a teammate was ready for the play or if he was nervous about making a throw. With a team change, I had to learn to read all new faces. Reading faces is very important when it comes to softball.
Most of Derek’s new knowledge came at the plate where he learned techniques from other players, where he was schooled on the art of hitting to all fields. Different pitches in different locations required different swings and the quicker he reacts than the faster he would reach the major leagues with all-stars players. Although Derek Jeter took hitting instructions he was having problems because he would struggle .200 all summer long in his first season and he also let his hitting effect his fielding. (Swiryn) He booted 21 balls in 58 games at stops with the New York’s rookie level team in Tampa and even with the Greensboro Hornets. His minor league manager Gary Denbo assured him this was fundamental stuff and it was easy to fix through repetition.
Like I said before I have pitched at the high school and college level, so whatever the customer is trying to achieve I can help. I Can teach my customers how to pitch 7 different pitches Fast ball - drop curve Change up Drop ball Screw ball Rise ball Curve ball My dad who is my business partner also knows what he is doing; he watched me and went to all my pitching lessons, he will catch the pitchers at all the lessons. I also want to stress the importance of the mental aspect of pitching because I have been there and as you get older that part of the game is the hardest part of the game. Summer Camps During the summers we will have 3 pitching instructing camps. There will be one camp in each of the months of summer.
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The second person I interviewed was a friend of mine; he’s Cuban and he looooves to play baseball. He always talks about it and can sometimes go for hours talking on that one conversation. He’s 23 years old and he plays almost every day on a team that he’s on. He goes to practice every day, if not he gets a few of his friends to go out to a park so they can get a baseball game going.
Baseball is a game of fathers and sons. When I expressed an interest in visiting baseball stadiums around the country to my dad, he was enthusiastic and proud. As we planned our first journey, my dad reminisced about his own travels to distant cities to experience an afternoon of America’s favorite pastime when he was my age. Ever since I was born, however, we had always only gone to either of the two New York baseball venues: Yankee Stadium or Shea Stadium. I yearned to visit new ballparks to experience the game in new and different ways.