Walk Off a Winner

 

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Baseball is back! My husband and I both share a passion for the game. Fun fact: on our first date, John took me to a baseball game.

As I begin to get excited about trips to Anaheim to cheer on the Angels, I smile remembering an eventful game we saw last year. It was on a scorching hot day in July. Due to the blazing blistering sun, we relinquished our seats near the field in the fourth inning and went off in search of shade and a hot dog.

Grilled hot dog

This worked well to improve our taste buds and body temps, but did little to boost our morale as our Angels were trailing.

As the innings progressed, I reflected on my dismal outlook and reminded myself there was only one thing under my control: my thought process.  Teams come from behind all the time and I knew a win was a possibility. As the bottom of the ninth inning commenced, I shot my husband an “oh ye of little faith look,” then doubled down by reminding him there is no crying in baseball. Not giving up I coached him into some positive thinking and then set my sights on a walk-off win. Closing my eyes I visualized a victory achieved by the trailing Angels resulting in a game over, end of story.

Excitement mounted as the team started to rally. What happened next was rather unusual. The Angels did accomplish the win by scoring at the plate due to a wild pitch. Wow! The crowd went nuts!

Of course I know my positive thinking did not cause the pitcher to fire in a wild one, but it did improve my outlook and made the game more enjoyable.

Baseball, like life, is sometimes error laden. At times you’re batting 1,000 and covering all the bases. Then someone throws out a curve ball

Baseball through broken glass window.

and we find ourselves striking out just like Casey in Mudville.

Scoring a walk-off win brings with it, not only glory, but an important life lesson. Games either on the field, or on life’s arena, are never won by giving up too soon. Going the distance takes fortitude, perseverance and the guts to play it out to the last pitch. As so aptly put by Yogi Berra, “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.”

At some point, most of us are guilty of giving up on something too soon. Often this is caused by a lack of focus or diminished self-confidence brought on by, you guessed it: negative thinking. Bombarded by those inner gremlins chattering away in our heads proclaiming

crazy monster

it’s too hard, we buy into the premise that it’s never going to happen. Before long we’ve mentally checked out before the final inning.

This week remind yourself that giving up too soon is for losers. Recommit to your most important goal and chase away those nagging negative thoughts. Winners have staying power and sometimes even get a lucky break like an unexpected windfall, or a wild pitch.

 

8 thoughts to “Walk Off a Winner”

  1. Nice essay Sunny. Loved it and missed seeing you at Guild meetings. We leave next week for Alaska. Hope to touch base with you this fall. Love to you and all you do.

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