“No matter the circumstances that you may be going through, just push through it”- Ray Lewis. This quote from Ray Lewis really inspires me to tell an event that happened to me about failure. All people in there life will go through failure and have things not go their way, this just who we are. Failure can come through grades, friendships, sports and many other ways. But in my case, in this event failure came though the struggle of confidence of who I was and who I knew I was deep down. This incident dates back to last June, where I start my second season of baseball. My first season is high school baseball, then second season is the travel team i 'm on. See I had a great season with my high school team, we made it to the championship by my hit in the semi final game, that won the game and sent our school to the championship. We ended up losing it in a best of three games but overall that season left a good feeling …show more content…
I knew going into the season that this would be a big year for me to try to win a championship with the friends I have had since I was very young. In baseball scoring runs is what you have to do to win games, in order to score runs you have to be able to get hits. This is what my team really counted on me to do, after coming off a season where I hit the ball great in high school. Well this is where the feeling of failure and frustration came in. We were five games into the season and we hadn 't won yet and I just went into a slump in hitting. All players do this in one point in their career but at the time, the reason my team was losing was because we just couldn 't find a way to score runs. This really brought out shock and many confused teammates of mine because I was the one to lead them and provide offense and for these first five games I was not. So after that fifth game we had a span of three days off where there was no practices or games, just a time of rest for the team. These were the most important
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That game I ended up tearing my ACL on the 8th play of the game, and just like Tony Gwynn’s world, three strikes you’re out. Indeed I was, I was out for six months with five months of therapy. I was in a failure hole, and was looking to stay in that hole, but I soon realized that I can either sit and pout or come back better than I was the first time. My decision was to come back better, that was one step forward. For five months I went through the most grueling therapy I could imagine, but I never game up and I stuck to the plan that my therapist gave me, step two forward.
It was a inning ending double play. I was starting to feel that we could do this and that we could actually win this game. But we knew it would be difficult without any of our good pitchers being available to pitch. It was the final inning of the game we had our best pitcher on the team out to throw the last inning. We all thought this was going to be an easy win from hear.
Here we were the last tournament of the year. We were in the championship. Towards the end of the game I was on third base, we were down one run then the worst hitter on the team came up, Owen. Of course he hit it right to the first baseman. Unfortunately we got second.
I realized that I will fit in, it will just take courage and commitment. If Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier by becoming the first black athlete to play Major League Baseball, I could figure out a way to refute any doubts and make my mark on the team. I was determined to prove that an eighth grader could fit in with tenth graders and be a significant contributor to the team. In the beginning of the season, my own teammates were hesitant. During the first several games, the times I received passes from my teammates was significantly lower than the number of times I passed to them.
It was the beginning of Spring 2015 and I was in 4th grade. Baseball season was right around the corner and I was shopping for gear. My baseball team, the Alameda All-Stars, was put together by me and my twin brother, Austin, when we asked our friends if they wanted to play with us. At practice coach sent us to warm up our arms and run around the field, then take positions for grounders from an assistant coach.
It made me realize that hard work and practice will help me make the team next year. Practicing was the key to making the team. Before the next tryout I went every night to go hit and field to get better. On rainy days or days my dad had to work later I would hit
When times get tough and adversity is thrown at you like a curveball all you can do is stay positive and know to never give up. Unfortunately I have had to deal with a couple scenarios where I have been faced with adversity. I have had to overcome my parents being divorced, and a family member who has overcame a drug addiction. That was one of the hardest things I was ever faced with going through middle school, but knowing that there will always be a tomorrow and to not give up on someone has had a positive impact in the end. It has brought my family closer than we have ever been.
A couple of our guys got on, but then I was up to bat. I was so excited. I got up there and decided that I was going to take the first pitch (not swing at it) to get my timing to make sure I get a hit. Ball one, I step out of the box taking another practice cut. I got back in the box and waited for the next one.
“Unfortunately, Jack, there will not be many opportunities for you this year.” Seconds after being told I had made the varsity baseball team, I did not expect my coach to so bluntly tell me I would be spending more time watching the game than playing it. Our state ranked team had a pitching staff full of Division 1 commitments and future MLB draft picks, and I was being told I did not measure up. The bench became my best friend.
Timmy met me halfway and put his hand on my shoulder I looked up at him and that’s when I realized tears were streaming down my face. I felt weak like a helpless child. Timmy reassured me that it wasn’t my fault. “You have the right to have one foot in the box and take practice swings, it’s going to be ok,” he said, but I wasn’t really paying attention to him. I looked around at my team and the crowd they were all shocked like me.
Overall from this experience I did learn something and take something from this experience. It showed me how much love I have for the game of baseball and how much I cherish it. The pain of sitting out all those games made me realize that. I don 't need to be doing all these extra little things like basketball camps or whatever. Possibly risking injury and having to recover and miss time from the sport I 've played my
College is a crucial time of development in a person's life. Growth can come easily when momentum and success drive you forward, but what about when you're faced with failure and hardships? Beginning college as an athlete was a challenge, however, after dislocating my hip I learned that now everyday life was a struggle. I could have easily allowed this obstacle to end my growth and college career, especially the two surgeries that followed my initial reconstruction, but I realized my circumstance would not define me but drive me. The will to grow and learn when in the face of a challenge can be daunting, but the success is even more rewarding when you continue to push forward and work hard.
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.
However, sometimes things happen and people have got to just keep pushing through it. My third year of softball my team was very proficient, strong, and confident. When it came time to go to our first tournament, we were unquestionably excited. We knew we were going to do excellent because our team was undefeated, and with our confidence, we could do anything we wanted.