The church league softball season continues.
I had a batter’s box epiphany the other week: don’t think. Somehow, someway, I managed to shut out all the “I really am a decent athlete and should be able to hit a freakin’ softball except I’ve gotten up here before and struck out to the amusement/consternation/disbelief of everyone watching because you’re not supposed to strike out in slow pitch softball and I really don’t want to go through that again why can’t I just focus focus focus focus….”
As I said, somehow I managed to stop thinking and shut it out. I didn’t so much focus as I did calm down. And I went 4-for-4 with good solid hits. When one of my teammates congratulated me on the hitting, I shared the secret of my success. He gave me an incredulous look and said “well sure – any ballplayer will tell you that you’re not supposed to think up there.” Too bad it took me 43 years to figure that one out!
If only I could do the same thing with a glove….
Epilogue: Last night’s outing wasn’t quite as successful. I went 2-for-3, with the 2 being dribblers where I made it to 1st base only because I ran faster than the catcher threw. The third was a line drive right into the shortstop’s glove. Felt good, anyway.