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Push the Boulder up the Hill Everyday

Ancient Greek Mythology taught many lessons that continue to be applied everyday in our world.  One of the most applicable stories that I have always related to baseball is the ancient story of Sisyphus.  Despite the funny name, this story is not a funny one, but a true baseball analogy.

Sisyphus was a king in Greece in what is now a place called Corinth.  He was punished for his chronic deceitfulness.  Basically, he always did wrong.

The ancient gods punished him and forced him to push a huge boulder up a hill only to watch it roll back down the hill and to repeat this action forever.

Every day, Sisyphus would wake and push this boulder and after a hard day’s work of pushing this boulder up the hill, invariably the boulder would roll back down the hill.  It didn’t matter if he did a great job today, he would still start at the bottom tomorrow.

How does this relate to baseball?

First off – you are not being punished.  The ancient Greek gods are not punishing you by making you play baseball.

Every day in baseball is new challenge, yet it is the same challenge; to push the boulder up the hill and try and get a win.

Yesterday has no effect on today.  You might have had the best day yesterday, but it will not help you today.  Great effort given yesterday does not excuse lazy play today.  Attention to detail yesterday does not excuse lack of attention today.  Going 3 for 4 yesterday does not mean you will get hit in your first at bat today.  Being great yesterday does not mean you are better than another today.

In baseball and in many facets of life, you are forced to push the rock up the hill every day.  No matter how well you do it, you will have to push the rock up the hill again tomorrow.  Baseball is a grind.  But it is a grind that I love.  Thank You Sisyphus for teaching us a great lesson.

 

Until Next Time,

Chad

Rise to the Challenge

A Russian Author named Franz Kafka was famous for writing odd short stories and parables.  He went through his life as a mostly unnoticed writer.  It wasn’t until after his death that he gained notoriety for his literary genius.  One of his most famous parables is a story titled “Before the Law”.  A parable is defined as a short story where there is a lesson to be learned.  In “Before the Law” Kafka writes of a man who comes from the countryside to “The Law”.  The law can be anything that you want to achieve.  In the story, the man encounters a doorkeeper and the man from the country asks for admittance through the door.  The doorkeeper says he cannot grant access, so the man waits at this door for his entire life.  There are many more doors that the man must go through, but he gets stuck at the first door.  The other doors and doorkeepers are much scarier than the first but he will never see those other doors.

How does this relate to baseball?

In baseball, whether you are accepted or not, your job is to go through the door; to accept the challenge, no matter how scared you might be, and walk through the door.  It is only by walking through the door that you might realize you are ready for it.

People will tell you though out your baseball life, that you are too small, short, not fast enough or talented enough, but it is your responsibility to take the challenge and walk through the door.

By walking through the first door, you can be prepared to walk through the second door, then the third door and all the doors to follow.

The man in the story never took the first challenge and never got to see if he could go through the other doors.

Each level of baseball is another door.  Each baseball game is another door.  Each inning is another door.  The only way to find out if you can make it is to continue to meet every challenge and then get ready for the next challenge.

I wish you well as you encounter ever door and doorkeeper.  Keep challenging yourself.

Until Next Time,

Chad

 

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