Yogi Berra once said, “Baseball is 90% mental, and the other half is physical”. At first it doesn’t make sense, but as you think about Yogi was spot on.
In the game of baseball, if you aren’t mentally strong there is no way possible that you can consistently succeed. I am experiencing this right now as I am not very mentally strong and am not having consistent success.
Honestly, it is extremely frustrating. The easy thing to do right now is to get angry, give up, and never take a step closer to getting better.
I went 0-3 in my first two high school summer ball games. I had 3 strikeouts and 1 walk. As a team we lost both games. I took 2 strikes each at bat, and then struck out swinging on a border line outside pitch each time.
I am going to be completely honest. I have struggled my whole baseball career to consistently hit the ball well. I guess you could call me insane, as Albert Einstein once defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. I step into the box each time with the same mental approach and expect that something better will happen just because I am there and breathing.
And I know the one main reason that things aren’t happening like I want them to right now. Each time I step on the field I’m saying, “God, your strength and help aren’t enough for me so I’m going to turn to my own strength for this game.” If I don’t play with Jesus Christ, I have absolutely no chance at honoring Him with my play on the field.
The only way I can achieve mental strength is by completely relying on Jesus Christ. End of story.
Despite all of this going on, I know I have tremendous opportunity to change my ways. I am only 15 and haven’t even started my sophomore year of high school. I still have about 20 travel games left and 6 summer games left. I am looking forward to capitalizing on that opportunity that God has placed before me.
To wrap things up, I need to swing at strikes and take balls. As simple as that. I need to turn to Jesus for my strength.