Weeks ago, I was reminiscing and thought of a memory in my life that I look back on and realize it truly effected my life and softball career. It’s a moment I know for a fact that a lot of young players go through – someone telling you you aren’t good enough or you’ll never make it. I just don’t believe it. The only way you won’t “make it” is it you don’t have passion for something and don’t work hard enough at it – with all my heart I believe that. When you have passion for whatever your heart wants to take you, it drives you, it gives you direction and it gives you momentum. Passion pushes you to your dreams and is the driving force behind your energy and motivation.
Something that people don’t know about me: On my first travel ball team, I was the #4 or #5 pitcher- dead last. I was the pitcher who would throw against all of the really good teams because I threw so slow, and those teams struggled to hit slow pitching. If there were 13 players on the team, I would have been the 13th player to see playing time.
I wasn’t in the starting 9 on the lineup card. In fact, I rarely got at bats.
Oh, and also, I was told by another parent that I probably should quit pitching and I would never make it.
Fast forward 8-10 years after that. I earned a scholarship to play at Texas A&M as a pitcher and a hitter. My freshman year I was the starting pitcher for the first game of the season and threw a no hitter my first ever collegiate game. That year I was named Big 12 Player of the Year and Big 12 Freshman of the Year – the only freshman to ever have accomplished that in the Big 12. I was also named an All American.
People see me now as the All American who played at Texas A&M. I have been through so much more than just that. For the players who are told that you will never make it, I am living proof that if you love playing and are willing to sacrifice time, tears and effort to something you love, you CAN make it.
Lesson learned: Never, never, NEVER give up.
“Be so good they can’t ignore you.”