Hey Cup Check Country,
As professional athletes, the bar is set high. Still, we all have goals that sometimes we fail to reach. But it is how we choose to react to setbacks, in baseball and in life, that shapes who we are as men. In fact, “In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.”-Vince Lombardi
In our profession, setbacks can and will happen daily. Some are more severe than others. Giving up a walk-off home run, going 0 for with a pair of errors in route to losing the game in front of the organizations’ top brass, out 12-18 months with a UCL tear, the death of a loved one, the end of a long term relationship, a friend who you loaned money to is unable to pay you back after all, when you finally thought you were due to be promoted a level, the organization sends you down. All real setbacks, all real life.
So what do we do? Where do we go? Do we just pack it in? What about all of our work, isn’t that worth something? Some of us turn to God, some turn to a parent, a coach, a best friend or even a sibling. Others still will internalize the setback and let it poison them from the inside out. I am not here to advocate a particular coping strategy over another, nor am I qualified to. But, I am here to say that setbacks happen to us ALL and you are never ALONE. Even when the setback seems like it couldn’t be any worse, even if the setback puts you out of the game.
I came across this ESPN E:60 documentary that aired this fall about a man who used to catch for the Colorado Rockies named Ben Petrick. Ben is a remarkable man. He was a five-tool player and touted as the future of Colorado’s franchise until he hit a setback of his own. I’ll let Ben’s story speak for itself. However, I hope that if you’ve gone through, are currently going through or some day reach a setback, that you can use Ben’s story as a source of inspiration, perspective and remembrance that at the end of the day, baseball is a game.
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