At some point in our lives we have dreamed of becoming a professional or collegiate athlete. The path leading up to that dream is far from easy. I had the privilege to play baseball at the collegiate level, but only because of the endless hours of practice, camps, and games that I was willing to devote my time to. My lifelong dream for the first eighteen years of my life was to play baseball at the collegiate level. When I was a senior in highschool, I finally got the offer I had been waiting for my entire life, an offer to play college baseball. That offer from Mount Marty College was where I spent my first year as a student-athlete, I then transferred to Dakota State University to play my final three years. Over those years I learned more than I could have ever imagined. In all the years of playing, the game has taught me more about life than anything else. To that, I owe a lot of respect to my family, coaches and teammates.
In order to achieve the dream, you have to be willing to sacrifice time to spend working on your game. Try to surround yourself with other people who want to get better. Sometimes it be might practicing instead of hanging out with friends, getting up on those days you do not want to get out of bed, turning off the video games or just shutting the phone off for a couple hours. It takes a lot of time and hard work to reach your goal, but in the end you learn to love the hard work required to become a better player.
Be willing to accept responsibility. Be humble in victory and continue to work in defeat. As a pitcher, all eyes and a lot of the game is on your shoulders. Learn to trust your defense and your teammates at the plate. When you make a mistake, be accepting of it and learn from it. Then move on and make the next pitch. Your teammates will love you for it and you will be viewed as a leader. Ultimately, this is going to lead to winning. Everyone loves to win!
Remember, that when all else fails, you can always work harder. In the end it is going to make you a better person, teammate, friend, and player. The more willing you are to work hard, the more it will pay off in the end. Do not forget to love the game and respect those who have helped you on the road to achieving the dream. The game of baseball can teach you a lot of about life and sometimes that is more valuable than anything else.