I attended a game last week (in the bleachers) and saw a couple of guys not that far from me – small notebook in hand, watching a pitcher go through his stuff. During the second inning, the youngster got the first three pitches called off the outside (ball) and his facial expressions and body language said “SOUR GRAPES” to the plate umpire.
To say that the two guys with the notebooks, sitting along the first baseline, weren’t impressed was nothing compared to posture of the chief umpire and his crew.
Well, after three inning of these antics, the youngster on the mound was pulled … the two guys that came to watch the kid had seen enough … and life went on.
I’m posting this here because I see more youngsters, year after year, season after season, deliberately drown themselves in front of pro scouts and others, out of shear immaturity.
Look, if you’re not getting a call…… ADJUST. If your still not getting a call … adjust some more. And if you really want a dose of reality … scouts and others who are interested in you want to see first hand how your react to adversity. Are you tough enough to HANDLE IT ? If you walk three batters in a row, and the coach pulls you … tough it out. Don’t slam your glove down, don’t kick the ice bucket … tough it out. Sit down on the bench… keep your remarks to yourself … tough it out.
Pitcher’s headed to the upper levels have the maturity and self confidence to know … some days go well … and other don’t. It’s not the end of life as we know it. Tough it out.
Professional athletes are just that … professional. So, you want to perform like a pro … don’t be giving the plate umpire sour grapes …… because that will come back on you.