What is the difference between a high school baseball player and a college player? What is the difference between a college player and a minor league player? What is the difference between a minor league player and a major league player? CONSISTENCY.
Yes there are some fundamental natural talent and athletic differences to a degree, but a huge factor of continuing to move on is consistency of mental focus and consistency of training hard.
I saw with Miguel Cabrera during his Triple-Crown season. It was about the 145th game of the year and the Tigers were in St. Petersburg playing their last game of a road trip against the Rays. The Tigers were winning big in the 7th inning, when Miguel Cabrera came up to the plate. He ended up flying out softly to right field, throwing his bat down in disgust, noticeably angry. The TV announcers took note of Cabrera’s emotions, saying they haven’t seen him react like that all year.
After the game, Cabrera was asked about his reactions to that at-bat. He said, “That’s the first at-bat I gave away all season, and I’m not happy about it.” I was mind-blown by this comment. It was the 145th game of the year, and that was the first at-bat where he lost focus and got himself out. He wasn’t satisfied with his historic season, he was mad at himself for throwing away an at-bat that most players would see as “meaningless.” And it’s this mentality that’s part of the recipe that makes him so consistently great.
You hear all the time from former players, “I wish I gave it more” “I wish I did the extra stuff.” There are so many people who have the talent, but it takes the internal drive to have the laser focus week in and week out for player to continue to move on. It’s no secret the successful players are the ones who consistently exhibit laser focus, and extraordinary training habits.
We will leave you with this question. Are you a baseball player or a kid that plays baseball?