So a friend just sent me a link to check out.
Twas about a Little Leaguer in Massachusetts who is 12 years old and allegedly throws with “too much power” for other boys he plays against.
What to do?
I guess BAN him from pitching.
Now, here’s what funny. The boy only throws in the ball 60 mph.
Last night I watched another 12-year old, hurl a baseball 80.6 mph. Twenty miles per hour harder than the boy who was banned from pitching. Good thing is, he doesn’t play Little League, but not because he was banned from throwing too hard.
There are a number of reasons why he doesn’t play Little League – and one of them is the fact that a good many umpires think calling a fair game means taking away a good pitcher’s skills. In essence, humiliate the good pitcher so the batters don’t feel too bad for not being able to hit.
For example, and I’m not joking, I’ve seen umpires call “Strike one. Strike two” on the first two pitches. And then, for the next four pitches, regardless of location, regardless of whether or not the pitches are in the exact place of strikes one and two, he will call a ball.
The manager of the opposing team quickly forms his game plan. He tells his team, “Go up there and just take (watch but don’t swing) everything he throws so you can draw a walk.”
The boys do as told. They go up to the plate and never remove the bat from their shoulder. Almost every at bat is the same as the previous one. The first two pitches are strike one and strike two. And then, no matter what, everything else is called a ball. The only chance for an out is if the boy swings and misses – and you’d have to be an off-the-charts bad ump to call swings that miss “balls.”
I think it’s a crime what these people have done to this boy. Instead of applauding him for his skills, they want him to lower himself to be the least common denominator. They want to humiliate him for being better than the others. How tragic.
This isn’t just happening in baseball, either. It happens every day all over the country. Make everyone conform and fit in. Make everyone a zombie. Make everyone the same.
As Dr. Maxwell Maltz said in Zero Resistance Living:
“When we feel inferior, it’s because we measure ourselves against somebody else. We convince ourselves of the entirely ridiculous idea that we should be like somebody else or even everybody else. That is a false conception. The “everybody else” is made up of individuals, too. Their just like fingerprints — no two of them are the same. I cannot hit a golf ball as far as Arnold Palmer. Does that make me feel inferior? In golf, I am inferior to Arnold Palmer. Fine. But, it doesn’t make me feel the least inferior. I cannot dance as well as Fred Astaire, but that doesn’t keep me from dancing. I do not compare myself with them. I have learned to accept myself as I am. Everyday I meet people — bookkeepers, salesmen, corporation presidents — they are all superior to me in some area. So what.
These people cannot improve a scarred face, and there are other things I can better then they can. And, they have no reason to feel inferior to me for these reasons. Yet, many people believe that they are so inferior that they simply cannot live with themselves. To make life tolerable, they strive to be superior. It’s false lead. Superiority and inferiority are just two sides of the same coin. The cure is to realize that the coin is simply counterfeit. The simple truth is that you are neither inferior nor superior to your fellow human beings. You are you, that’s all. That’s the whole story. You are unique. Rejoice in that.”
Amen, my brothers and sisters. Rejoice in your uniqueness. And that includes being able to do something better than someone else.
Rejoice in your skills. Don’t let anyone dumb you down.
But don’t stop at rejoicing. Do everything within your power to make yourself even better than the LIMITS that others want to put on you.
Work on the physical aspect of improving – and make sure you work on the psycho-spiritual aspect as well because that’s where all the REAL POWER comes from.
To do so with gusto, with style, latch onto the Zero Resistance Living System – and hold on for dear life. Right now you can get the program for 75% off the normal price – along with seven bonuses that you’ll treasure.
Go for it now, my friend.
P.S. Here’s the link to the story on the pitcher from Massachusetts: