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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

Control What You Can Control

 

One of the old adages in baseball is to control what you can control.

  1. If you are playing baseball and signed up to play baseball, then you didn’t sign up to umpire.  So don’t try and umpireYou can’t control the umpire so it is a waste of your effort.
  2. If you are pitching and you execute the pitch in the right location that you intended and the hitter gets a hit, don’t get mad.  You cannot control the outcome.  Focus on the process, which is you did your job.
  3. If you are hitting and you get a good pitch to hit and you line out to the shortstop, don’t get mad.  You can’t control the outcome.
  4. If you are on base and you read a ball in the dirt and try and take an extra base and you get thrown out, don’t get mad.  You can’t control the outcome.  You were aggressive and made an aggressive read and that is right.

 

Baseball is so difficult, and so much of this game is out of our control.  We concentrate on too much that is out of our control.  A hitter is measured by “hits” which are largely uncontrollable.  Pitchers are measured by “wins” which are largelyuncontrollable.

 

We worry about umpires, the field, the mound, the bat, and the fans too often.  Just control what you can control.

 

Here is a short list of what you can control

    1. Effort
    2. Attention
    3. Attitude
    4. Preparation
    5. Support

 

None of the things I listed will be seen in the box score, but do these things well.  Control the things you can control and I promise the game will be enjoyed.

Until Next Time,

Chad

 

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