College baseball has been an absolutely insane ride so far. I've seen guys that were All-Americans in high school lose their love for the game and start working construction jobs, and Juco players with zero Division 1 offers turn into high leverage draft prospects. Baseball at the collegiate level can chew you up and spit you back out if you let it, and it happens a lot more than people care to admit. That being said, what separates the guys who don't make it from the guys who do?
Doubt is that weak voice in your head telling you that you're not good enough. The twisted thoughts running through your brain when you see a piss rocket ground ball coming your way. The voice that immediately compares you to the other guys competing for that starting job.
All of that noise in your head can be consuming... and I've been there, trust me. But through constant failure, and a lot of help along the way, I don't let doubt control who I am anymore. I don't play the game for acknowledgement from my coaches, teammates, or even family members. And I know that there is going to be people saying things like, "Oh well that's easier said than done". But ultimately, whether or not doubt become's all consuming is entirely up to us. It's about making a conscious decision to take those negative thoughts captive in our own minds, locking them up and throwing away the key. Taking this idea and implementing it into my own life has not only made me a better player, but it's made me a better teammate, son, brother, and friend.
Yeah, I know this sounds like too easy of a concept and change in mentality. But if you're a young guy looking for a home at the next level, or an incoming freshman heading into your first year of college baseball... there is one main thing that I want you to take away from this:
Don't let baseball become who you are.
The sooner that you realize that baseball is something you do, not who you are... the more fun it will become. You will see baseball for what it is; a game. It's not supposed to be something that keeps you up at night, worrying about impressing the next coaching staff coming to watch you. It isn't supposed to be the cause of ridiculous amounts of stress and anxiety. The sooner you can go back to having fun being out on that field with your boys, the better. Enjoy the ride while it lasts, fellas. Because it can come to an end at any moment.