Week Two: Narration Essay Revision
It was a warm summer day in south Louisiana, the smell of fresh cut grass was in the air. It’s my first game playing pitcher in our summer baseball league. I have never been so nervous in my life, except for the time that I had to lip sing at a school play. After I hit the first two batters with a ball, by accident of course, my coach pulled me off to the side. He said, “Just take a deep breath and calm down, imagine that you’re just throwing the ball to a friend in the back yard. Block all these people out and just throw the ball.”
After my coach told me that the game went a whole lot better. I took a deep breath and just threw the ball and I struck out the next 3 batters. I only played 3 innings that game, the coach did that so that I could pitch in the next game. In little league you can only pitch 5 innings, either 5 innings all at once or however many games it takes to get to 5 innings. Then you have a 10 inning rest time before you can pitch again. This is to protect the kid’s arms and also to ensure that everyone gets ample playing time.
As a result of what my coach told me that warm summer day, I can actually say that I use that advice to this day. I have a fear of talking in front of a large crowd. I start sweating buckshot and my chest tightens. What I do in those situations is just imagine I’m only talking to a small group of friends. My anxiety doesn’t completely go away but it subsides enough so that I can say more than “uhhhh”. Another time I use this technique is when writing something like I’m writing now, I have to be alone in a room so that I can talk to myself and what I talk is what I write, if not all I’m able to write down is my name.
In conclusion, I am very grateful of my coach for pulling me aside and giving me those kind words of advice. I wouldn’t be the man I am today without having heard those words. Some people...