260921-commitment-to-excellence-vince-lombardi-quoteHow many of you dream of being Mike Trout?  How many of you want to play in the Major Leagues, want to play for UCLA or USC, or want be the best player at your high school?  All our young players have dreams, and hopefully they have set those goals high.

 

What does it take to reach those goals? –  How do players get to a reach the pinnacle of their sport.  In Cubs’ Manager Joe Maddon victory parade speech, he told the 5 million people standing in front of him, “what you see here up on stage is the finished product,” pointing to the Cubs roster.

 

What you don’t see are the years of weight training, years of swings in the garages/tunnels, years of sacrifices.  Dedication day in and day out to pursue a dream and a goal.  Do you do something everyday to help you achieve your goal?

 

“Excellence is not random. It is also more than a short-term ambition, accident, or accomplishment. It is developed by design and achieved by setting and tenaciously pursuing high, competitive goals. The greatest champions in history have all had a long-range vision and plan of what they wanted to accomplish in tandem with a complete daily devotion to their specialization. Having daily or weekly improvement goals to meet will help ensure that you are always working right.”

~ Jim Afremow,

from The Champion’s Mind

 

Success in any endeavor the process of winning/mastering small tasks over a long period of time.  Mastering the technique of ground balls or blocking on Monday nights.  Building a consistent aggressive swing.  Understanding the nuances of a rotation on every play like its instinct.  When you get to the upper levels everyone is athletic and talented.  The differences are so minute, but make all the difference.

 

 

“Cueto is a different bird than Wainwright, and Greinke is different than Kershaw.  So there are a lot of different ways to go about it.  But I think the common thing is the attention to detail, and focus on every single rep, whether it’s a fielder drill, a throw, an arm exercise in the training room, a warm-up.  Every little thing is done with high focus, high attention to detail, and done with a purpose, as if its the most important thing that needs to be done. – Gerrit Cole – Pittsburgh Pirates

BASEBALL LESSONS

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?

Please print of copy of this and have the players download it to their phone.  If you can laminate it and have it in the players bags, that would be even better.  Hopefully, the players can soon master and memorize the routine.

This is associated with the bands the players were required to purchase.  This is now a part of our warmup routine for all players, as well as post throwing routine.

Thanks

Saddleback Cowboys