“The Natural” was easily my favorite baseball movie growing up.
And it was more than just being drawn to the mythical, bigger-than-life Roy Hobbs who could blow it by “the Whammer” on 3 straight pitches and hit a game-ending 500 foot moonshot into the stadium lights…
And a bat named Wonderboy he carved from a tree out back that got struck by lightning when he was a kid.
That was part of it.
The purity of it.[h5]But it’s also a story of redemption.[/h5]
Of a guy who makes mistakes, gets derailed…
And comes back.
He’s surrounded on all sides by crooksters, gamblers, hustlers… forces trying to corrupt him and bring him down.
And every time he gets away from the PURITY of the game and what he LOVED about it when he was a kid, he gets off track and his performance suffers…
Until he reconnects with his high school sweetheart.
Reconnects with that kid he was and what he loved so much about the game in the first place.
There’s a great line in the movie that I puzzled over when I was a kid…
Roy Hobbs is laid up in bed (in a maternity ward of all places) recovering from an internal wound, still paying the price for an incident in his past.
And Iris (played by Glen Close) says:
“Now I believe we have two lives…”
Roy: “Hu-What do you mean?”[h5]Iris: “…The life we learn with. And the life we LIVE with after that.”[/h5]
Today, with my playing days well behind me, I feel I know exactly what she meant.
I made all kinds of mistakes as a young ballplayer.
And there are plenty of things I’d do differently if I could do it again…
- In terms of my APPROACH
- How I took care of myself
- How I PREPARED…
You can even apply her statement to each and every game or practice…
“What did I learn today?”
“How can I USE that knowledge to help me get better tomorrow?”
My young self was clueless about those things.
But here’s what I wouldn’t trade for anything…
The lessons baseball taught me.
Because when you dedicate yourself to something like being the best pitcher you can be…
And stay TRUE to it… it can’t help but change you.
It’s not just about becoming a better pitcher (though that part is nice)…
It’s the person you become in the process.
And today, I’m blessed to be able to pass along some of those things I learned in my FIRST baseball life with the next generation of pitchers.
And it doesn’t get more rewarding than that.
Do YOU know what you’re going to do today to get better for tomorrow?
Or are you just winging it…
If you could use some hands-on guidance and structure to keep you moving forward towards your baseball dreams, I’ve got good news.
Today, I’m opening up TWO additional spots in my Remote Coaching Program.
Now this hands-on coaching isn’t for everyone.
Here’s how to know if you’re a good fit:
- You’re dedicated and ready to see how good you can be
- You’ve got long-term goals and you’re willing to put in the daily work to make them reality
- You can find an extra 10-15 minutes a day to get it done
- You understand your focus, attention and consistency will make the difference
Again, I’m only letting in TWO pitchers right now and these spots will be gone fast.
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Until next time…
Committed to Your Pitching Success,
PS – Here’s another one of my favorite lines:
“You’ve got a gift, Roy… But it’s not enough. You’ve got to develop yourself. If you rely too much on your own gift, you’ll fail.”
Work Hard. Work Smart… Get Better.