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Top 10 Lessons in Being a Man From The MLB

It takes a lot of man to stand alone on a pitching mound in front of 50,000 people and throw a 3-2 pitch in the bottom of the ninth. Say what you will about baseball players, it takes a lot to play 162 games a year, plus spring training and playoffs, with the pressure from the team, fans, and media and the constant physical beating your body takes. Sure they get paid plenty, but considering over 1,000 players are drafted into the league each year, every guy in the majors has beaten some serious odds and competition to get to their level. Those guys have a lot to teach us about what it takes to be a man, here's 10 lessons to take to heart.

1. What have you done for me lately?
Friends, girls, family, work, and baseball teams. they're all the same. Everyone only remembers what you've done for them lately. If you want to keep strong relationships, you're going to have to do regular upkeep. Just like you wouldn't sign Barry Bonds now because he had a good season a decade ago, people aren't just going to keep calling just because they knew you in high school. make sure to always keep up with the relationships you care about.

2. Focus on your strengths.
You wouldn't try to make Albert Pujols into a speedy base stealer and you wouldn't ask Tim Lincecum to hit you a home run. Sure, if they "practiced" enough they could, but they already have things they're good at. Just like you. Maybe you cant hit one out of the park but you, like everyone, have strengths and weaknesses. Focus on your strengths instead of getting stuck on your weaknesses.

3. It's a long season.
Who would've thought that Albert Pujols wouldn't hit a home run for 6 weeks or Tim Lincecum wouldn't be able to buy himself a win in the first two months? But guess what, its a 162 game season and it all evens out. Pujols and Lincecum started out poorly, Adam Dunn and Jake Peavy started out hot. Guess what? By the end, they will all be around the same level. Everyone has bad days, even bad months and years. The goal isn't to be perfect, it's to have more good days than bad.

4. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
You should always strive to improve but keep the tweaking to a minimum. If things are going well, ride out your hot streaks and work on yourself during the cold streaks. You don't want to ruin a good thing by "tweaking."

5. It's perfectly okay to shake off the catcher.
Take everyone else's advice for your life with a grain of salt. If the manager and catcher want you to throw the fastball but you know you can nail him with your curveball, you have to go for it. No one else is in your shoes, they cant possibly know whats really right for you. Only you can.

6. Sometimes you just have to cut your losses.
If your best pitcher was out there struggling you wouldn't keep him on the mound and hope he gets his head together. You call in the bullpen and hope things are better next time out. You don't need to force things to happen if things aren't going your way. Sometimes you just have to call it a day and hope tomorrow is better.

7. Stand your ground.
Believe in yourself. Intimidated? Down on your luck? It doesn't matter. Circumstances are irrelevant because you need to always believe in yourself. If a closer doesn't believe in himself, how will he ever come back from a blown game? No one else will ever give you the confidence you need, so make sure to always cultivate it in yourself, especially when things aren't going your way.

8. It takes time to become great.
Jose Bautista played for 5 teams before he went from potentially good to the top power hitter in the league. Mariano Rivera was a lousy starter before he became the game's greatest closer. You need to give yourself the permission to be patient, not everyone can be a superstar by 19 like Bryce Harper. but everyone can be a superstar if they work hard enough.

9. Don't bother arguing with the ump.
You see managers yell at umpires til they are blue in the face but does a bad call ever get reversed? There's no point in arguing or blaming others when you get screwed over. It happens to all of us, it's just a fact of life. Don't waste your time on others when you could be helping yourself.

10. Always adapt.

Ten years ago, Jamie Moyer could throw a fastball, RA Dickey had never attempted a knuckle ball, and Brett Myers was a top Philly starter. Today, none of those things are true but all three are still enjoying success in the MLB. Jamie Moyer learned to get by with nothing but off-speed stuff and remains in the league at 49-years-old. RA Dickey has become a dominant knuckleballer after it looked like he may never pitch again four years ago. Brett Myers is now a shutdown closer in Houston. These guys saw that they couldn't just keep doing what they were doing and still be successful, they adapted. Life is no different, in relationships, work, and everything else you need to adapt. Otherwise you end up like crazy John Rocker, doing the same thing over and over and hoping for different results.