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How Baseball Changed My Life

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“Find your passion and make it happen” - Irene Cara “This one is an easy strikeout bud!” my dad would say. “Ball four! Batter take your walk” the umpire called out. After the game my dad would give me his motivational speech, telling me how much he looks up to me for finding love in the game he loved as a kid. Hoping to cheer me up from a bad inning but it wasn’t just a bad inning; I just didn’t like baseball.
Transferring from middle school to high school is one of the biggest changes I’ve experienced, my body’s changing as my world is flipped around. New school, new friends and new activities are to come. I know that it’s my chance to find a sport that I like, hoping that I would stop playing baseball. It was just too boring for me, I would play in the dugout spitting sunflower seeds at ants. During my freshman year I was that one kid that tried out for every team; wrestling, basketball, tennis and even the chess team. I was desperate to find something better than baseball. It wasn’t until my sophomore year that I was introduced to cross country and immediately knew that was what I loved.

I dreaded going to baseball practice but that’s when my dad was the happiest. “Practice is where champs are made,
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When I was playing baseball I wasn’t happy; it was complete torture. When I was in cross country practice I loved life. I knew it was what I wanted to do, not baseball. “I just don’t know how to leave baseball; my dad loves that I play his favorite sport.” I spoke to my mom and she suggested I enjoy my high school career doing something I enjoy. My decision is clear but I just don’t know how to tell my dad; sometimes we are concerned about other people’s feelings, that we don’t do what we truly love. I knew that baseball wasn’t what I loved to do, running cross country was but I was contemplating on how to tell my father. It was his love for baseball that got me in it but it wasn’t what I
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