Before I begin the epic journey of becoming a blogger it probably makes sense to start with who I am… or maybe who I am not.
First and foremost, I am NOT an English major. So if you feel the urge to comment on my grammatical errors or paragraph structure, I am advising you now to leave the site because there are probably going to be quite a few errors in my posts.
Secondly, I am nothing special nor do I believe I am always right. I thought that way for the first 26 years of my life but like most people I have grown out of that mindset. My hope is that this blog and the content I post will help young players arrive at that realization a lot earlier than I did.
Lastly, if you read blogs and comment just to stir the pot, you should probably leave as well. I don’t really care to go back and forth with anyone. If you don’t find the content relevant, don’t read it. If you don’t agree with it, that’s fine because it’s just an opinion. If you want to have a conversation because you believe kids can learn from it, let’s do it.
So what are you going to find in the articles and videos I post?
My hope is that you find purpose in what I post. My hope is that the content is educational and at times entertaining. Sometimes it will be training content, sometimes motivational, other times it will just be me laying down some cold hard truth. I want to reemphasize that what I post about will most likely be experiences and lessons I have learned throughout my athletic journey.
So to get back to who I am?
I am former baseball player and current coach. I was a three sport varsity athlete through prep school before moving on to play college baseball.
I received a scholarship to play at the Division I level and transferred to DII after my freshman year.
I have finished seasons as the highest performer in the league and at other times have been the most embarrassing player on the field.
I have had great coaches, bad coaches, great teammates, and terrible teammates. I feel like I have lived a roller coaster of a career and unfortunately to this day have a tough time accepting the fact that my playing days are over. (Probably because I am still a kid at heart)
Every coach says this and every player as heard it but for all you guys still playing out there, trust me when I say there is nothing better. Those punishment sprints and 6:00 am lifts suck while you are doing them but all of us on the other side would trade almost anything to be in your shoes again.
Now I am a coach on a mission. The mission is to get the most out of my players and help them achieve their dreams. I leave everything on the table for my players and I coach them hard but I do it because I want them to succeed.
Now that you know who I am, it’s probably time for why I am doing this?
For the training videos, it is because I love being on the field taking swings or fielding groundballs. I love showing young players how to perform certain skills. For the other things I post it is because I f***ed up and I don’t want to see kids make the same mistakes. Alright f***ed may be a little exaggerated but in my heart I know I could have been better.
Like most teenagers I knew EVERYTHING about EVERYTHING. If coaches said something to me, it meant one of two things :
- They were trying leave their mark on me for when I made it to the show or
- They were trying to derail me, because they couldn’t accept the fact that I was a better player than them.
Being undersized, I always had a chip on my shoulder and always felt like I had to prove the world wrong. While in many ways it got me as far as it did, it also got in the way of my dream of playing professionally.
So if you are reading this article and you are between the ages of 9 and 22, let me just tell you right now, no matter how good you think you are, you don’t know SH*T and that is lesson #1.
I am not saying it to insult you, I am telling you this so you open your ears and you listen. At 29 years old I don’t know sh*t either. My experience in the game as a player and coach has provided me with more knowledge about the game than a lot of people out there but in the grand scheme of things I have so much to learn.
The only difference between high school me and 29 year old me, is that now I am willing to admit it.