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Baseball and Life Essay

  • Submitted by: gymoojgq65
  • on July 27, 2009
  • Category: Arts and Music
  • Length: 556 words

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My earliest memories of baseball are of the post game rush to the concession stand.   I remember racing to the front of the pack in a mad dash to be first to get a free coke. We really did not even know, or care, who had won or what the score of the game had been. Running fast enough to be first to get the free coke at the end of the game was the most important thing about the game to a group of five year old boys.   From age five until now, I have been trained how to turn a double play, drag bunt, and throw a curveball.   These technical skills are essential in playing baseball.   However, they are not the most important lessons I have learned from baseball. Baseball has also taught me perseverance, the value of mentoring, and that there are rewards for hard work.
My lesson in perseverance began when I went down in the batters box during a game.   The pitched ball shot off my elbow towards the third baseman.   He fielded the ball and began to throw it to first before finally realizing that I was lying in pain on home plate. A couple of hours later the doctor confirmed that the pitch that hit my elbow had caused a clean break. As the news sank in that this would be my fourth broken arm and fourth missed season, I begin to wonder if I will ever play a full season again.   All the hours spent practicing, yet I only make it through two full games of the season, made me question if I wanted to stick with this sport.   On that day and until this day, I committed to sticking with baseball. I have persisted through broken bones, a concussion, horribly cold weather, sweltering heat, batting slumps, and bad umpires.   Even though perseverance may be taught and explained by teachers, until you have actually persevered, you will never fully under stand the meaning.
I am a senior on the baseball team this year, and it is my job to mentor the underclassmen on how to play the sport of baseball and how to live.   I can only do this because of those that have spent countless hours...

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