There is no sport that truly shows all aspects of life like the game of baseball.
Baseball is one of the only sports without a clock, but always has an end. There’s no telling how far the end could possibly be for a baseball game. This can also be said about life. We know we are living, but never truly know when the game of life will come to a close. Throughout the game of baseball, you may miss that fastball down the middle, your golden chance at success. In life, there are times you may have a great opportunity, but miss it. “Strike 3,” calls the umpire as you have your walk of shame back to the dugout after failing. You may sometimes have that bad day in life, but don’t worry, there is always another at-bat, there’s always another day. In life and baseball, it’s important to embrace our mistakes and failures, learn from them to make us all better for that next opportunity, that next at-bat. Go up to the plate after being 0-3 and take advantage of your next at bat, make contact or better yet, smack a home run. Don’t go down just “looking.” Flunk that test or bomb that job interview? There will be another. Go prepare, practice, and kill it when the next opportunity presents itself. Be proactive and don’t go down looking–with opportunities passing you by. Create an opportunity on the baseball field and in your life. You never know when the time will come, but always be ready. After all, baseball is a game of failure….and so is life with many unpredictable variables—But that’s what makes it exciting! Life and baseball can be disappointing and hard at times. So, take responsibility and action through practice, pushing yourself and trying new things. Play every game and live every day to the fullest because you never know when the last game or day of your life will come.
In baseball, a sacrifice bunt or sac fly can be difference makers in a game. In life, let’s say you have that big test Monday, but want to go to the football game on Friday. Maybe money will be tight for you and have to chose whether you spend money on those new shoes or save it for your family’s well-being. There’s always decisions to made about when and how to sacrifice something, in both life and baseball. You could look like a big shot with those Jordan’s and look like the hero hitting that game winning three run homer. Saving that money you spent on those J’s may help your family out a little bit, but you feel no pleasure or status since you don’t have those shoes. Laying down that sac bunt helps the team win games and you may not get any notice or love for it. You sacrificed a chance and your personal stats to look the hero for the sake of the team. Sacrificed those J’s that you think would get all the ladies in order to help your family. Sacrifices may not be easy, but in the end it’s what will make all the difference allowing many to benefit.
A popular saying is that it takes a village to raise a child. Well, it takes a team to win a championship. In baseball and life you can never be successful on your own without anyone helping. A strong supporting cast is always needed. So when things are going badly, reach out to your teammates, family and friends.
In life, you can never have full control of what’s going on. There are always roadblocks. When you go up to bat, you have to go with what pitches are thrown and make the most of it. In life, you have deal with the cards you’re dealt and make the most of it as well. Life and baseball can be incredibly frustrating. Sometimes you can do everything right in both and STILL fail. Sometimes things look like they’re going well for both, but change drastically in a matter of moments. From hitting a line drive straight to the CF, missing a home run by inches, having your bat break, or getting a bad call – baseball is unfair. In life, you may be doing great at your job and still get laid off. Everything in your family could be going well, and suddenly tragedy hits. It’s not fair. It’s how you deal with adversity that makes you who you are and how you will eventually succeed. So, get up to the plate, take action, and make something happen.
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