Growing up, my father organized some of the best travel ball teams in Alabama. We won several state championships, beginning when I was 8 years old. But I never played for him. Instead, he always hired a professional coach. He always told my coaches - "put him where he deserves to play; no daddy ball. I want him know what it feels like to play for a coach who's job depends on winning." So I learned -- the hard way. I started in right field, batted last or next to last, sat on the bench a lot and learned that you get exactly what you deserve on the baseball diamond. I worked hard. I got better. And I learned that ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING in baseball.
When I have a bad plate appearance or have a bad pitching outing, I don't get angry. In fact, I try never to show any emotion. I focus on adjusting.
I focus on my body language. I learned to forget the last play and focus solely on the next.
My attitude has shaped my success on the field and off. I still play for winning programs - most recently Team Elite Prime in Atlanta. I'm a Sunday pitcher, I bat high in the order and I don't sit much anymore.
With the skill that I’ve been blessed with and my mentality about baseball, I’ve been able to work my way up to the top of the teams I’m on today.