Before I get going, want to make sure I let you know about a special live webinar I’m going to be doing this Wednesday night with Josh Heenan (Strength Coach Extraordinaire) and Wayne Mazzoni (D1 College Coach and Recruiting Specialist).
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Okay, on to today’s pitching lesson….
I’m writing this from a Starbucks while I wait for them to put new tires on my car at the shop next door…
Bear with me, there’s a lesson for an important lesson here.
See, I had a complete BLOWOUT on the road this morning.
Coldest day of the year, too… Great timing huh?
So instead of getting my day started early like I’d planned, I found myself stuck on the side of the road, freezing my tookus off, wrestling with lug-nuts and cranks and throwing on a barely road-worthy donut…
And as I begin to regain feeling in my fingers, here’s the thing that gets me:
I could have EASILY avoided this…
I knew I needed new tires… I’d even had it on my to do list for the past WEEK.
So what happened?
The same thing that happens to so many of us.
Life (and business) got in the way… I put it off, kicked it down the road.
Okay, now here’s how this relates to pitching…
As you probably know, I was very fortunate in my playing career.
I was drafted on 3 separate occasions, earned a scholarship to my DREAM school, went on to pitch in the Cape League and the pros…
And I learned a ton along the way from coaches and teammates at every level.
But, what you may not know is that it all never happened.
The summer after my Senior year in high school, I had blowout.
Only it was my pitching arm.
I even heard the doctor utter those dreaded words… Tommy John surgery.
In the end, I opted for rehab over surgery, but I MISSED most of my freshman season in college.
Over the course of that year, I learned a TON about what committing to playing in college means.
And in the years that followed I learned what it REALLY means to prepare yourself for pitching at the next level, physically, mentally and everything in between.
See… just like that tire blowout I had this morning, my elbow blowout could have been avoided.
IF I had only had better information.
See, back in high school my parents did everything they could at the time to help me in my goal of playing in college (and beyond).
But looking back, there was just so much more that I SHOULD have been doing… We just didn’t know any better at the time.
I wouldn’t change a thing about my experience in baseball, despite all the setbacks…
All the ups and downs.
I’ve been able to learn and grow through it all.
And it’s gotten me where I am today.
And now I get to share all of the things I’ve learned over the years to hopefully help the next generation pitchers avoid some of those pitfalls and mistakes I made.
This Wednesday night at 8:30pm Eastern Time I’m getting together for a special Webinar with two of the best people I know when it comes to preparing pitchers for success at the Next Level.
Josh Heenan is my go-to strength coach here in CT… His knowledge of the unique physical demands of pitching is off the charts, and I’ve seen him put 15, 20, 30 lbs. on pitchers… with strength they can actually USE on the mound.
Wayne Mazzoni is a college pitching coach who not only gets “pitching at the next level” but also knows the recruiting process like no other. He’s a sought after speaker on the subject, helping baseball families and players make their college dreams a reality.
We’re going to keep things pretty informal and make sure we give plenty of time for live Q&A to answer all your questions and make it as beneficial for you as possible.
As I know all too well, it’s easy to get side-tracked…
So before you let life get in the way, head over and get signed up for the webinar: