“I think about baseball when I wake up in the morning. I think about it all day and I dream about it at night. The only time I don’t think about it is when I’m playing it.”
Carl Yastrazemski, 23 years Boston Red Sox. Triple Crown winner, 7 golden gloves and an 18 time all star including the 1967 MVP of the American League.
If you play ball, you can relate to this quote. I personally think about the game of baseball when I wake up, when I eat, working out and weight training. Everything I do is based on improving my game and being prepared for the field. It is not a seasonal sport for anyone playing at the college-level and beyond. It is a year-round lifestyle and commitment.
When the Triple Crown winner said, “The only time I don’t think about it is when I’m playing it.” I believe in the moment of the Carl is just reacting and executing everything he has prepared for. The game is played for competition, sport and entertainment. Baseball is 172 years old, it has been America’s game since 1839. I live for the game, the opportunity to compete and more importantly win.
Your core is important to the game.
Using mini bands can help build your gluts and hips strength.
1. Simply place the band above the knees
2. Stand with apart
3. Take small steps to the side. Use your lead leg first.
4. Go back and forth 10 steps each way.
5. Repeat three times
With summer coming, try making Smoothie Cubes
When making your morning shake, make a little extra and poor into your ice cubes tray. This is a great snack anytime of day in hot weather. Just take your ice cube trays and fill a homemade smoothie and freeze.