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Editor’s Note: This is part of a season-long series in which Ottawa alumnus and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim prospect Michael Hermosillo chronicles life in the minor leagues.
Adversity and consistency are the two biggest parts of baseball. You need to be able to handle adversity and you need to focus on being consistent every day in order to succeed in this game.
I really can’t stress enough how up and down this game can be, especially playing everyday. You don’t get any breaks. It’s not high school where you are playing ywo to three times a week.
It’s not college where you are playing four to five times a week.
It’s every single day and another game is coming the next day whether you are struggling or not.
Dealing with adversity is the biggest thing in baseball.
I had a rough patch this season where I wasn’t hitting anything and I really got down on myself. It just gets frustrating not helping your team at the plate, but I’ve been realizing to not let one bad game turn into two or three bad games. Everyone is going to go into a slump, but it’s the mindset that you come to the field with that helps you get out of the slump and get back to being comfortable. It’s all about confidence. Confidence in this game is key. You have to believe in yourself every day. The minute you start doubting you won’t hit the ball is when you definitely won’t hit the ball.
You also want to be consistent. Adversity and consistency go hand in hand.
Usually, if you are able to handle adversity and struggles, you are a lot more consistent on a day-to-day basis. You are able to grind out games and find a way to make an impact, even if you don’t feel comfortable at the plate or in the field. I think when you play baseball everyone always worries about the offensive numbers. There are going to be days when you don’t get hits at the plate, but you can make an impact on defense. I always have the mentality to not let anyone get a hit, especially if I’m struggling at the plate. If you can save a run or two, it can almost cancel out a bad day at the plate.
We just started the second half of the season. We were able to win the first half and will be going to the playoffs no matter how we do in the second half.
After a nice homestand, we’re head up to Montana for another long seven-day trip. As usual, I’m not looking forward to the bus ride. I usually lie on the ground underneath the seats, put a pillow and blanket down and watch a movie or fall asleep. It sounds bad, but it’s a whole lot better than trying to sleep sitting down.
Despite the long trips, I am excited for the rest of the second half. We have about a month and a half left and I’m looking forward to taking advantage of every opportunity I get. I’ve enjoyed playing with all the guys up here. It’s a great team and has great coaches.
And I forgot there is one more thing that is important when playing baseball — have fun.