To The Girl Who Followed Into My Footsteps Behind The Plate, Love That Position With All Of Your Heart

To The Girl Who Followed Into My Footsteps Behind The Plate, Love That Position With All Of Your Heart

That position holds so much power and so much of my heart, so do me proud.

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Pitbull. That was my nickname as catcher behind the plate. This name was earned through hard work and a tough doesn't take sh*t attitude. That position was my baby, and I treasured standing behind the plate every time I stepped onto the softball diamond. You took over for a girl you didn't know, and you also don't know the connection I had to the position, so I'm going to give you some advice and let you in on some secrets too.

First and foremost, love and cherish that position as much as you possibly can. Being a catcher was a large part of my life. I spent so much time behind the plate and I became dependent on the comfortable feeling I gained when I was catching. So many of the lessons I have learned in life, I learned from my time behind the plate. I took command of the filed from my position. I looked out on the entire field and had the whole game to my viewing. I made decisions for my team and I was part of every play in the game. I had control, and I demanded respect from the game. From this position, I learned how to be a leader. I lead my team as not only captain but also as a team player. I learned to set the example so the rest of my teammates knew what I expected of not only themselves but myself as well.

I also learned from my time behind the plate that your team depends on you. During my junior season, I got injured, and I couldn't play for a week. During that time I missed practices and games, and what I learned from that is that your team depends on you, so you must make the right decisions for your team and your teammates because being dependable is a quality you want to have. One of the things that I have kept to myself all of these years is this: cherish the moments of silence you have at the position. Every game, you will get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the plays and the score, so when you can, just take in the silence and appreciate the opportunity you have been given to play with your team and appreciate your place and position on the team.

There are secrets that I accumulated over the years, and I want to share some of these with you. My first secret is this: you may not always get along with all of your teammates, but when you step aside, it is imperative you set those feelings aside, because when you step on the field, you are a single, well-oiled machine, and you can only play as well as your weakest link. I can guarantee I didn't always get along with my teammates. There were some girls that I consistently butt heads with, but when I stepped on the field, I had to put these frustrations aside, because when you don't let these feelings go, they get into your head and affect the way you play.

Another secret is that sometimes you feel like you aren't doing the best behind the plate, and it can get into your head. I'm here to tell you, you are doing your best, and it will all be ok. You weren't born knowing the skills of a catcher, and there will be times when you are off your game, and it's ok. As long as you are doing your best, then that is all anyone can ever ask of you. My final secret is this; your team will become your family. You spend so much time together and you begin to rely on one another as friends, teammates, and even as a family. You come together with one goal and win or lose, you are one team.

So if there's anything I want you to take from this is that you should love your time in the position and love it. You will learn so much from it. While softball may not be your love and life like it was mine, I hope you can learn as much about yourself from being a catcher as I did. I have a love for this position, and in turn for you. You have stepped into the position that I had to move on from, and I am beyond proud that you have joined the club that is being a catcher.

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9 Of The Hottest Baseball Players To Look For This 2018 Season That Will Make You Want To Watch Baseball

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It is finally February and you know what that means (if you don't know well then I am here to tell you). This is the month that BASEBALL SEASON begins! Whether it be MLB Spring Training or college baseball this is the month where the sport gets into full swing - no pun intended.

Do I understand and like the game of baseball? Yeah, sure I do.

Do I like the cuties in the baseball pants who play the sport more than the actual game? Yes, of course.

That is obviously what is more important! If you are like me and are wondering who it is to look for this coming season, then this is the place to find out! Through online searches across a variety of platforms and a ton of rosters, I have put together my own list below of the top hottest professional baseball players. With this said go ahead sit back, grab some Cracker Jacks and scroll away!

1. Kevin Kiermaier

This Tampa Bay String Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier with the gorgeous green eyes definitely deserves a spot at the top of this list. He could probably rank the highest on a list for the "Most Gorgeous Eyes".

2. Adam Duvall

A 2014 World Series winner with the San Francisco Giants, Adam Duvall is now a left fielder and first baseman for the Cinncinatti Reds.

3. Charlie Culberson

Wow, does this picture even a caption? Charlie Culberson is an infielder who recently was picked up by the Atlanta Braves only a few days ago so disregard the LA Dodgers gear and become a Braves fan!

4. Ian Desmond

As a Colorado native, I am a for sure a fan of my home team. The tall, dark, and handsome Ian Desmond is a left fielder and first baseman for the Rockies who can pull off the color purple very, very well.

5. Kris Bryant

Not only does Kris Bryant play third base and outfield for the Chicago Cubs, he was also featured as a male model for Express. Google that. You will be happy you did.

6. Bryce Harper

All in favor say "I"! Bryce Harper is a right fielder for the Washington Nationals. He also modeled in ESPN's magazine with very minimal clothing. So, create another browser tab ASAP and google image search.

7. Jorge Soler

Look at that smile, so, so cute! Jorge Soler is a designated hitter and outfielder for the Kansas City Royals, as well as a known previous team member for the Cuban national baseball team.

8. Jake Lamb

Umm, the fact that this photo is a candid just blows my mind. He is standing there doing nothing and somehow manages to look like that!? Jake Lamb is the third baseman for the Arizona Diamondbacks as #22.

9. Grady Sizemore

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As baseball season comes to a close, people will miss getting to watch their favorite baseball players in high definition. I'm not the biggest baseball fan but I have watched it more often now since I am in a relationship with a baseball fan.

So, I've compiled a list of the hottest baseball players so that you can know who to watch next year even if you aren't a baseball fan.

1. Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals 

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He may be signed to a different team soon but he definitely is the MVP for the Nationals.

2. Trea Turner, Washington Nationals 

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He has a classic boy next door look.

3. Clayton Kershaw, LA Dodgers

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Reason one: He's 6'4". Reason two: his contract is $32 million.

4. Mike Trout, LA Angels

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All you have to do to fall in love is look at those muscles.

5. Amed Rosario, NY Mets

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6. Kevin Kiermaier, Tampa Bay Rays

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7. Manny Machado, currently a free agent

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8. Yasiel Puig, LA Dodgers

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9. Justin Verlander, Houston Astros

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10. Jose Iglesias, Detroit Tigers

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11. Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies

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