In the wake of another presidential debate during one of the most contentious and most controversial elections in U.S. history, America’s Greatest Pastime offered the world some hope thanks to Charlie Hustle.
The Internet broke so speak on Friday with a clip of retired baseball greats Alex Rodriguez, Pete Rose and Frank Thomas talking about hitting.
Half the baseball world might have been taken by surprise with some of the things Pete “the hit man” Rose told Rodriguez and Thomas.
The former professional baseball player and manager reminded me of why I've always loved him and why he will always be in my Hall of Fame.
Rose spoke on the perfect swing and how he too never changed his in the face of adversity or defeat.
I'm no Pete Rose, but the older I get the more I see his approach (much like the old-school softball teachings I was raised on) is genius.
He said he spent time studying pitchers to see how he could get ahead.
He said when he was in a slump he would position himself differently in the batter’s box, but he never changed his swing and always watched the body language because many times he knew the battle was won before he ever stepped to the plate.
As a Division I prospect, fighting for what was then a very limited number of scholarships, my work began every day when the sun came up on developing the perfect swing that wouldn't fail my team or me ... I wasn't super fast, which means I constantly had to work on my feet. My strengths were attitude and my swing. That means I did a lot of dry swings in the mirror and against brick walls (at full speed) to develop a short and compact swing. My tee and z-line drive were my go-to drills and every time I found out my friends were out having fun and I was at home practicing I felt that much more ahead of the game.
Believe me, this is the truth. It was a pattern that was instilled into to me and the question was often asked of me, “Do you really want this?”
The biggest problem with athletes today is not only do they not have the perfect swing, they've never had a good swing and they're too busy bouncing from one instructor to another cashing in on promises after promise to make the perfect college prospect. The chances of actually developing anything worth selling anyone at the plate long term are very slim. Athletes are ultimately gliding through on rare athleticism because they're so overbooked they're not putting in the work they should be at home.
If you're not practicing daily to perfect your swing whether its baseball or softball you're setting yourself up for failure. If you're practicing with a less than perfect swing you can put in all the work you want to, you're still practicing to fail. The key is knowing the proper fundamentals of hitting and performing those on a routine basis. It takes girls 17-19 days for muscle memory to take over and boys are a tad slower at 18-20 days.
May today be the day you find your hustle and desire to get one step closer to breaking bad habits at the plate. Having nothing less than a perfect swing will pay off! That can only be accomplished through hard work and a deep devotion to your game.