Jonathan Bruder - Grade 7, Hadley E. Watts Middle School
Cooperstown Dreams Park
Have you ever had a struggle in sports? Have you ever felt that whatever you did it was wrong? Well, if you ever played baseball, you know that every once in awhile you will get in a hitting slump. I am going to tell you what I did when I was in my hitting slump, and tell you how to get out of it.
I am twelve years old, and am on the most beautiful baseball field of my life; Cooperstown Dreams Park. And of course, I am hitting terrible. I knew that I was letting my team down. I tried my hardest to keep my head down on the ball and follow through, but nothing worked. I had no other choice but to go and ask my coaches for help. My dad is one of my coaches, so I asked what I was doing wrong. We worked on my stance. We even took extra batting practice before the games even though my team had left already. I knew that I could get out of my slump because I had the athleticism to do it. I also had the confidence to make a change. I knew what my dad was telling would help and that I can bounce back and do my part as a team player. I had to work twice as hard to get where I wanted to be. I knew I had to improve, and now it was time for the big game. I was determined to help my team with my offensive. I would not give up no matter what it takes. I was up with a runner on second, the score 0-0 in the top of the first inning. I worked the count from 1-2, to a couple of foul balls, then, eventually I walked. I later scored on a smashing three-run home run by the clean up batter with one out. My next at bats resulted in reaching second on an error by the right fielder and a bunt single. At this point I knew that all of my hard work payed off. My team ended up finishing 17th out of 104 teams from around the country!
Now that I have told you what to do when you get in a slump: work hard, look for advice and never give up, you can succeed. You can use this advice and not panic even when you feel you are in bad slump in baseball, or any sport really. Just remember that if you start slacking, you will have to work twice as hard to get where you want to be. Go back to your roots and never think you canâ€™t do something, because you can. I found this quote and think that it goes with what I'm trying to say: â€œEvery day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday's success or put its failures behind and start over again. Thatâ€™s the way life is, with a new game every day, and thatâ€™s the way baseball is.â€ -Bob Feller