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Rick Johnston | Nov 5, 2013 8:10:00 AM

10 Baseball Scenarios Where You Need to Expect the Unexpected

Life is full of so many unique occurrences every day. Events, issues, incidents and matters unfold countless times right before our eyes. Sometimes stranger things occur or are said and instantaneously a light goes on and presto, we react with little or no thought and great things happen or on the contrary not so great things happen. Either way, these types of day to day instances do occur and do affect us. There is no avoiding them. But how we were prepared for them and how we reacted to them is they true key to how they will affect us both short and long term.

Think back to an evening you have had in the past. Did it play out the way you wanted it too? In some cases it may have, while in others it probably wasn’t even close to how you thought it would go. In fact, it would be safe to say that factors came into play that you had no control over, yet you were able to overcome. . Imagine what life would be like if everything was expected? Hey, what about baseball? What about a game? What if every ground ball and fly ball were fielded or caught (yes for a pitcher that is great). It is not going to happen. What if every hitter got a base hit of some kind? 

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Topics: baserunning, hitting, pitching, Outfielding, catching, dealing with failure

Rick Johnston | Aug 27, 2013 2:45:00 PM

Baseball Psychology - Truth Be Told, You Will FAIL!

Yep, that’s right; we are destined to fail at this game. I can’t think of any other sport where failure is actually as good as it can be in baseball. As hypercritical as that last sentence is, it is also the truth. As long as you play this game, you will FAIL! That’s right, I will say it again, YOU. WILL. FAIL!

Well then why do we play it? That is a question only the eyes of the beholder can answer. Not sure if this makes sense…we do something knowing full well that if we are successful 30 per cent of the time (i.e. as a hitter), we can be happy! Wow, how captivating baseball must be to enjoy failing like we do.

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Topics: baseball psychology, mental training, mental performance, dealing with failure, failure

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