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Swinging For The Fences


The ball coming off the bat of a batter swinging for the fences

What Baseball Teaches Us About Life


I've been a baseball fan for as long as I can remember. I learned to keep score at my brother's high school games when I was eight years old. The roots of my connection to the sport run even deeper, as my grandfather, who played in what could be deemed the minor leagues during the 1920s, shared colorful stories with us. Among them, he recounted the time when the New York Yankees visited Oklahoma on a promotional tour, and he had the incredible opportunity to pitch to none other than Babe Ruth. Recalling the experience, he used to humorously remark, "That ball is still going!" For the past several years my husband and I have had season tickets to the Texas Rangers (who won the World Series title in 2023!!). So my love of baseball continues.


Often called America's pastime, baseball is more than just a game. It's a metaphor for life itself, a microcosm of human experience, filled with ups, downs, curveballs, and grand slams. In this article, I'll explore the profound life lessons that can be gleaned from the world of baseball. So grab your glove, put on your cap, and let's step up to the plate!


1. The Power of Patience


A young pitcher in the stretch

Patience on the Pitcher's Mound

Baseball teaches us that patience is not just a virtue; it's a pitcher's best friend. Think about it. The pitcher stands on that mound, all alone, with the weight of the game on their shoulders. They can't just hurl the ball as hard as they can every time. No, they need to mix up their pitches, vary their speeds, and wait for the perfect moment to strike.


The pitcher needs patience and resilience. If they're having trouble finding the strike zone, the catcher might come out to talk to him to get him back on track. Or if the umpire doesn’t call a strike that seemed to be obviously in the strike zone, the pitcher has to shake it off and concentrate on their next pitch. Patience with each batter and trusting the catcher are vital.


Patience in the Batter's Box


Patience isn't just valuable on the pitcher's mound; it's equally crucial for batters stepping up to the plate. Picture yourself in the batter's box, facing down a formidable opponent on the mound. Each pitch demands a keen sense of timing and a steady nerve.


Just like a pitcher, a batter must exercise patience. A batting average of .300 is considered excellent, which means hitters fail to get a hit 70% of the time. Yet, it's the persistence to keep swinging, to keep trying, that leads to success. They can't swing at every pitch that comes their way, of course; that's a surefire recipe for striking out. Instead, they must wait for the right pitch, the one that they can drive to their advantage. Sometimes, that means letting a few balls go by, trusting in their judgment and waiting for the perfect pitch.


Patience in batting isn't just about waiting for the right pitch, though. It's also about enduring through slumps and challenges. Every batter faces periods where hits are scarce and frustration mounts. But just as a pitcher must trust their catcher and their abilities, a batter must have faith in their training and their instincts. They must stay composed, focus on the next pitch, and keep swinging.


The key when facing challenges when life doesn’t go our way or things seem to not be working out the way we hoped is to stay patient and composed. You can't rush into every situation; you need to bide your time, assess the circumstances, and then make your move. Success often comes to those who can wait for the right moment to act.



2. Hitting Home Runs Requires Taking Risks


Home Run written in marker on a baseball, someone holding it with both hands

Every baseball fan loves a home run (unless the other team is hitting it!). It's the moment when a batter swings for the fences, and, if they connect, the ball sails over the outfield wall. Sometimes it’s just barely over the wall, and other times you know as soon as the ball leaves the bat that it’s a homer. Either way, when it’s your team, it's a thing of beauty. But here's the catch: to hit a home run, you have to take a risk. You have to put everything into that swing, knowing that you might swing and miss and even strike out.


Life is a lot like that. To achieve your biggest dreams and aspirations, you have to take risks. You have to swing for the fences. Sure, you might strike out from time to time, but when you connect, it's pure magic. Whether it's starting a new business, pursuing a passion, or taking a chance on love, remember that sometimes you have to swing big to hit a home run -- and who knows, you just might hit a grand slam!



3. Teamwork Makes the Dream Work


Little leaguers sitting on the bench together

Baseball is not a solo sport. It's a team effort, and that's one of the most beautiful aspects of the game. From the pitcher and catcher working in sync to the infielders and outfielders backing each other up, teamwork is at the heart of baseball.


Similarly, in life, success often requires collaboration and teamwork. Whether you're part of a sports team, a professional project, or a family unit, the ability to work together is invaluable. Everyone has their role, and by playing your part and supporting your teammates, you can achieve remarkable things.



4. Dealing with Loss and Bouncing Back


Two baseball teams shaking hands after a game

Baseball is a game of wins and losses. No team wins every game, and no player gets a hit every time at bat. It's how you handle those losses that defines your character. The best players, after striking out, don't dwell on the past. They regroup, learn from their mistakes, and get ready for the next at-bat.


In life, too, there will be moments of loss and failure. It's inevitable. What sets you apart is how you deal with those setbacks. Instead of dwelling on your mistakes, learn from them and use that knowledge to improve. Just as a baseball player adjusts their swing after a strikeout, you can adapt and bounce back stronger.



5. The Joy of Celebrating Small Wins

Women's baseball celebrating a great inning

In the world of baseball, it's not just about the grand slams and walk-off home runs. It's also about celebrating the small wins, like a well-executed bunt, a stolen base, or a perfectly placed pitch. The players understand that these little victories are the building blocks of success.


In life, it's crucial to celebrate your small wins. Don't wait for the big, earth-shattering moments to feel joy and accomplishment. Recognize and savor the small achievements along the way. Whether it's finishing a chapter of a book, hitting a personal fitness goal, or successfully making someone's day a little brighter, these small wins add up to create a fulfilling life.



Extra Inning Thoughts


Overhead shot of a professional baseball stadium

Baseball isn't just a game; it's a treasure trove of life lessons waiting to be uncovered. From patience and risk-taking to teamwork and resilience, the baseball diamond offers a wealth of wisdom. So next time you're at the ballpark or watching a game on TV, take a moment to reflect on these valuable lessons that can enrich your own life's journey. As the baseball legend Yogi Berra said, "It ain't over till it's over," and the same goes for the game of life.


Oh, and GO RANGERS!

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