Saturday, May 5, 2007
I signed up for and played a lot of sports when I was real young, but I didn't really play them. I had no idea what I was doing and most of the people "coaching" the teams had no idea what they were doing. It never ocurred to me in the sports I was playing to keep my eye on the ball, so I never did. Hell, in baseball, I used to close my eyes when I swung. It wasn't that big a deal when I was playing t-ball or even the first year when we had actual pitchers. But after that the pitchers actually had some pitches and there was one season where I only got one hit all year. Midway through the next year, I was still batting .000 and one of the coaches told me to keep my eye on the ball. So I did, and I started hitting the heck out of the ball after that. That team actually won the championship for our league, too (not because of me, though). The next year was high school and I was too far behind to be good enough to play any more baseball and I hadn't played football since the early flag football days had ended. I tried out for the baseball team and didn't make it. I twice tried to play football but ended up quitting when it was obvious to me that I didn't belong. I didn't really start playing basketball, even for fun, until I was in 11th grade and by then I was too far behind. In ended up being pretty good at basketball and if I'd started playing younger, I probably could've played high school ball. There were a couple of guys on the team that I knew who clearly weren't as good as I was, I just didn't know any better at the time.