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6 Incredible Things Only Baseball Players Understand

6 Incredible Things Only Baseball Players Understand

Leo Durocher once said, “Baseball is like church. Many attend, few understand.” If you had played the amazing game of baseball before in your life, you will understand the love of the game. Not only because it was something you enjoyed playing as a child, but because you can play it later and pass down your knowledge and skills to your own children. Here are six lessons baseball players learn.

1. They are taught to stick together.

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    If you have not lived it, you have probably seen it happen at least once in your life. I’m sure most of you remember a bench clearing brawl in 1993 when the Texas Rangers played the Chicago White Socks. If not, let me refresh your memory (or create a new one by sharing) : it is the top of the 3rd inning, and Nolan Ryan throws a pitch and hits Robin Ventura. No longer than a couple seconds later, Ventura rips off his helmet, throws his bat and charges the mound. Soon after, Ryan has Ventura in a headlock and his slamming his fist into his face but the fight isn’t just between the two men. Both teams are now in a gaggle at the mound.

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    Baseball teaches us not only the importance of team work but to be loyal to those we call our friends and team mates. There is something special about friendships forged from the daily practices, the long bus rides, the wins and the losses. It teaches you to stick together and stand up for someone you care for.

    2. They know that“practice makes perfect”and are too familiar with Fungo.

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      Fungo is a long light weight bat that coach brings out during practice to help those who need to work on their fielding, which is everyone to him. Every expert starts off as an amateur, not just in baseball but in life. As a kid starting out in little league, we all have that expectation that we are going to hit a home run like the guys we see on TV. As soon as we step up to the plate and take a swing at the pitch given to us, our dreams are crushed. That doesn’t mean giving up, it means to work harder to get that home run. It means to practice your form to be ready for the pitch that you will be given next time. Baseball players are prepared to try harder if a goal is not reached the first time, on and off the field.

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      3. They know that if you’re in a “pickle”, hurry up and get out of it!

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        Every baseball player has found themselves in a pickle at least once in their life. If you do not think on your feet, you will never get out of it. You need to quickly form a strategy and find your way to safety. In life, you will more than likely find yourself in a pickle than not. You cannot just sit there and expect things to turn out okay, you will need to solve the problem yourself.

        4. They say “Good Game” because they were taught to be a good sport.

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          The dreaded “Good Game” phrase you must say to each opponent at the end of the game will teach you forever to be a good sport, even if you don’t want to be. It teaches you to be a good sport about losing a game and losing sometimes at life. It will force you to look that person in the eye at work that got promoted instead of you and shake their hand. It is important to be a good sport about the situations that get you down in life because it will always get better. There will always be another game as there will always be another day.

          5. They know bus rides make friends.. or viral videos.

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            Very rarely you will be able to sit on a bus for hours and not say a word to the person next to you and bus rides to and from games can be long. If your team is great, then there will be some plane rides added to your team’s agenda as well. As children, we are encouraged to be social, venture out and make friends. Playing baseball makes that easy. It is quite a task not to be friends with someone that has ran through the same drills, cried the same tears during a loss, and shared a pizza after a great win.

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            6. They are taught the method to the madness.

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              If you ask any baseball player, they will tell you that superstitions are to blame for every single bad thing that has happened in baseball. It can be as well known as not speaking to the pitcher or uttering the phrase “perfect game” during the actual game. It can also be as exclusive as a family superstition such as never washing your baseball cap or your mojo will disappear. Superstitions are more than just silly rules that were made up. It is a tradition, a piece of knowledge passed down from someone. They are there to help families bond, brothers laugh and friends make memories.

              Though you may not agree that baseball is the greatest sport on Earth, you can agree that the lessons baseball players learn when growing up aren’t too shabby when applied to life.

              Featured photo credit: Youth Baseball game via shutterstock.com

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              50+ Best Motivational Quotes To Prepare You For Any Challenges In Life

              50+ Best Motivational Quotes To Prepare You For Any Challenges In Life

              Life is filled with highs and lows —happiness and struggles that will test your resilience and integrity, push you to overcome challenges and leave you with lessons that will make you even stronger on your way up.

              It’s the way you feel and think about yourself, including your expectations and beliefs about what is possible to you, greatly determines everything that happens to you.

              It all starts with your thoughts. When you change your thoughts, you transform the quality of your life. (Right, Nancy’s story is a typical example!)

              Below is a list of the best motivational quotes to inspire you to start your day with a blast:

              Quotes for self-assurance

              1. Don’t downgrade your dream just to fit your reality, upgrade your conviction to match your destiny.

                2. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.

                  3. You are confined only by the walls you build yourself.

                    4. The man who has confidence in himself gains the confidence of others

                      5. You attract what you are, not what you want. If you want great, then be great.

                        6. It’s not who you are that holds you behind, it’s who you think your are not.

                          Quotes about positivity

                          7. Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and think of what could go right.

                            8. You should never regret anything in life. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it is experience.

                              9. Falling down is an accident, staying down is a choice.

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                                10. If you have the power to make someone happy, do it. The world needs more of that.

                                  11. Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen.

                                    12. Don’t be afraid to give up the good and go for great.

                                      13. Remember that life’s greatest lessons are usually learned from worst times and from the worst mistakes.

                                        Quotes for work and success

                                        14. Don’t talk, just act. Don’t say, just show. Don’t promise, just prove.

                                          15. Never stop doing great just because someone doesn’t give you credit.

                                            16. Discipline is doing what needs to be done, even if you don’t want to.

                                              17. Work while they sleep. Learn while they party. Save while they spend. Live like they dream.

                                                18. The key to success is to focus our conscious mind on things we desire, not things we fear.

                                                  19. Never apologize for having high standards, people who really want to be in your life will rise to meet them.

                                                    20. If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.

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                                                      21. Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it, time will pass anyway.

                                                        22. Don’t fear failure. Fear being in the exact same place next year as you are today.

                                                          23. A hill is just another opportunity to leave your competition behind.

                                                            24. Don’t quit. You’re already in pain. You’re already hurt. Get a reward from it.

                                                              25. Hustle until you no longer need to introduce yourself.

                                                                26. You didn’t come this far only to come this far.

                                                                  27. Be selective in your battles for sometimes peace is better than being right.

                                                                    28 If we keep doing what we are doing, we’re going to keep getting what we’re getting.

                                                                      29. You will never know your limits until you push yourself to them.

                                                                        30. Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do.

                                                                          31. The man on top of the mountain didn’t fall there.

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                                                                            32. If your dreams don’t scare you, they are not big enough.

                                                                              33. If you can’t handle stress, you won’t manage success.

                                                                                34. Don’t be pushed by your problems, be led by your dreams.

                                                                                  35. Don’t mistake silence for weakness. Smart people don’t plan big moves out loud.

                                                                                    36. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

                                                                                      37. Obsessed is the word the lazy use to describe dedicated.

                                                                                        38. You become who you spend your time with.

                                                                                          39. Be stubborn about your goals and flexible about your methods.

                                                                                            40. Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.

                                                                                              41. If you don’t build your dreams, someone else will hire you to build theirs.

                                                                                                42. Between stimulus and response is our greatest power –the freedom to choose.

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                                                                                                  43. What comes easy won’t last, what lasts won’t come easy.

                                                                                                    44. Don’t limit your challenges, challenge your limits.

                                                                                                      45. Work until your idols become your rivals.

                                                                                                        Quotes about money

                                                                                                        46. Formal education will make you a living. Self-education will make you a fortune.

                                                                                                          47. I create new enemies every day, it’s called business.

                                                                                                            48. When you have a Million Dollar vision, don’t surround yourself with 1 cent minds.

                                                                                                              49. You can’t get rich thinking poor.

                                                                                                                50. Doing what is comfortable is rarely profitable.

                                                                                                                  51. If you can count your money, work harder.

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