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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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              Last Updated on October 14, 2020

              Had a Bad Day? 7 Ways to Rebound From It and Feel Good Again

              Had a Bad Day? 7 Ways to Rebound From It and Feel Good Again

              Today didn’t turn out as you planned, but it doesn’t mean you’re weak. It simply means that you’re human, and you’re not bad just because you had a bad day.

              “Not everyday is a good day but there is something good in every day.” -Alice Morse Earle

              It’s not the end of the world when you find yourself thinking “I had a bad day,” but it can feel like it. You may have had plans that fell apart, experiences that set you back, and interactions that only did harm.

              You may have started the day thinking you could take on it all, only to find you could hardly get out of bed. When you have a bad day, you can forget to look at the good.

              Sometimes, self-care helps us to remember why we are worth it. It helps us to recharge and reset our mindset. It helps us to know that there are still options and that the day isn’t over yet.

              Love yourself today, no matter how hard it’s been. That’s the way to find yourself amidst the hardships you have. That’s how you center yourself and regain focus and live a more meaningful life. Give yourself some credit and compassion.

              Here are 7 ways to rebound from a bad day using self-compassion as a tool. If you had a bad day, these are for you!

              1. Make a Gratitude List

              In a study on gratitude, psychologists Dr. Robert A Emmons and Dr. Michael E. McCullough conducted an experiment where one group of people wrote out gratitude lists for ten weeks while another group wrote about irritations. The study found that the group that wrote about gratitude reported more optimistic mindsets in their lives[1].

              Overall, having a gratitude list improved well-being and made one truly grateful by counting the blessings in their lives.

              Write a list of what you are grateful for if you had a bad day. Make it as long as you like, but also remember to note why you’re grateful for each thing you write.

              What has given you the most joy? What has set you up for better days? Keep a tally of triumphs in mind, especially when you do have the bad days.

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              The day doesn’t define you, and you still have things of value that surround you. These could be material things, spiritual connections and experiences, relationships, basic needs, emotional and mental well-being, physical health, progress towards hopes and dreams, or simply being alive.

              Here are some other simple ways to practice gratitude.

              2. Write in a Journal

              Journaling affects your overall mental health, which also affects physical health and aids in the management of stress, depression, anxiety, and more[2].

              All you need is a pen and paper, or you could do an online, password-protected journal such as Penzu. The key is to get started and not pressure yourself on how polished or perfect it is. You don’t need to have prior experience to start journal writing. Just start.

              Write out everything that is bothering you for 15 minutes. This helps with rumination, processing problems, and can even aid with brainstorming solutions.

              However you approach it, you can find patterns of thinking that no longer serve you and start to transform your overall mental state. This will impact all areas of your life and is a great coping skill.

              3. Meditate

              Meditation can help you overcome negative thought patterns, worrying about the future, dwelling on the past, or struggling to overcome a bad day[3]. It shifts your mentality and helps you focus on the present or any one thing you truly want to focus on.

              Here is an example of a meditation you can do:

              Get into a comfortable position. Close your eyes. Rest your body, release tension, and unclench your jaw. Tighten and release each muscle group in a body scan for progressive muscle relaxation.

              Focus on your breath, taking a few deep breaths. Let your belly expand when you breathe in for diaphragmatic breathing. Empty yourself completely of air, then return to normal breathing.

              Next, focus on the idea of self-love and let it erase negative thoughts. Think about the ways you’ve been judging yourself, with the narratives coming up that your mind may create.

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              Give yourself unconditional love and release judgment. Take your time meditating on this because you matter. This is particularly important if you had a bad day.

              Check out this article for more on how to get started with a meditation practice.

              4. Do Child’s Pose

              Yoga Outlet says:

              “Child’s Pose is a simple way to calm your mind, slow your breath, and restore a feeling of peace and safety. Practicing the pose before bedtime can help to release the worries of the day. Practicing in the morning can you help transition from sleeping to waking.”[4]

              When you do Child’s Pose, it can be between difficult positions in yoga, or it can be anytime you feel you need a rest. It helps you recover from difficulties and relax the mind.

              It also has the physical health benefits of elongating your back, opening your hips, and helping with digestion[5].

              To do Child’s Pose, rest your buttocks back on your feet, knees on the floor. Elongate your body over your knees with both arms extended or tucked back, with head and neck resting on the floor[6].

              Had a bad day? Try Child's Pose.

                 

                Do this pose as a gift to yourself. You are allowing yourself to heal, rest, get time for yourself, recover, and recharge. When you’ve had a bad day, it’s there waiting for you.

                5. Try Positive Self-Talk

                Engage in positive self-talk. This is essentially choosing your thoughts.

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                When you have a negative thought, such as “I can’t do this,” replace it consciously with the thought “I can do this.” Give yourself positive affirmations to help with this.

                Negative self-talk fits into four general categories: personalizing or blaming yourself, magnifying or only focusing on the negative, catastrophizing or expecting the worst to happen, and polarizing or only seeing back and white[7].

                When you stop blaming yourself for everything and start focusing on the positive, expecting things to work out, and seeing the areas of grey in life, you reverse these negative mindsets and engage in positive self-talk.

                When you speak words of kindness to yourself, your brain responds with a more positive attitude. That attitude will affect everything you do. It’s how you take care of yourself if you had a bad day.

                Check in with yourself to know when you are having negative self-talk. Are you seeing patterns? When did they start to become a problem? Are you able to turn these thoughts around?

                6. Use Coping Skills and Take a Break

                Use your coping skills. This means not letting your thoughts take control of yourself.

                You can distract yourself and escape a bit. Do things you love. You can exercise, listen to music, dance, volunteer or help someone, be in nature, or read a book.

                It isn’t about repression. It’s about redirection. You can’t stay in thoughts that are no longer working for you.

                Sometimes, it’s okay to get out of your own way. Give yourself a break from the things going on in your head. You can always come back to a problem later. This may even help you figure out the best course of action as sometimes stepping away is the only way to see the solution.

                If you had a bad day, you may not feel like addressing what went wrong. You may need a break, so take one.

                7. If a Bad Day Turns Into Bad Days

                “I believe depression is legitimate. But I also believe that if you don’t exercise, eat nutritious food, get sunlight, get enough sleep, consume positive material, surround yourself with support, then you aren’t giving yourself a fighting chance.” –Jim Carrey

                If you’ve been feeling out of control, depressed, or unstable for more than a few weeks, it’s time to call a mental health professional. This is not because you have failed in any way. It’s because you are human, and you simply need help.

                You may not be able to quickly rebound from a bad day, and that’s fine. Feel what you feel, but don’t let it consume you.

                When you talk to a professional, share the techniques that you have already tried here and whether they were helpful. They may tell you additional ideas or gain insights from your struggles of not being able to rebound from a series of bad days.

                If you’re having more than just a bad day, they will want to know. If you don’t have the answers, that’s okay, too. You just need to try these tools and figure out how you’re feeling. That’s all that’s required of you.

                Keep taking care of yourself. Any progress is progress, no matter how small. Give yourself a chance to get better by reaching out.

                Final Thoughts

                If you had a bad day, don’t let it stop you.

                Know this: It’s okay not to be okay. You have a right to feel what you feel. But there is something you can do about it.

                You can invest in yourself via self-care.

                You are not alone in this. Everyone has bad days from time to time. You just need to know that you are the positive things you tell yourself.

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                Featured photo credit: Anthony Tran via unsplash.com

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