[quote=“Dino”]Everybody else did a fine job explaining.
Think of it more in terms of evolution…not a construction project. There’s no beginning you can point to and certainly no known end. So what happens in between has more to do with him and much less to do with you. The game will expose him for what he is …it doesn’t have a conscience. That’s why it is imperative to enjoy the game. The game is the gift.[/quote]
Well said Dino.
My son was named Babe Ruth State Tourney MVP, and was named to his All-Region team in high school. What did that mean once he left high school? Nothing.
He had control issues all the way through his successes. As we all know the game is different after high school. He is struggling now to find a roster spot as a pitcher at a small college. It has, as you said, exposed him for what he was…a kid with some talent, but, with some short comings who didnt have to work that hard given the level of competition where he grew up. Driving several hours away to a different state (California) to try and make a college roster…rude awakening.
The game can be cruel, as you said, it has no conscience. It is as it has been for a century. One neat part is that if you really enjoy the game, no matter your level or personal success, you will learn from it. Learning he is not “special”, learning to work hard, learning to be humble when he is successful and determined when he is not. That is what he is getting from baseball now. Long term, to me as a dad, that is worth more than being big man on a small campus.