No hitter is perfect, or hits anywhere close to perfection. The greatest major league hitters get an official “hit” less than 40% of the time throughout their career, and record many strikeouts, groundouts, flyouts, popups and all other sorts of outs. The greater the hitter, the greater the disappointment due to the larger gap between promise (e.g., a home run) and reality (e.g., a strikeout). However, the best hitters are not discouraged by a temporary failure. The best hitters take a long-range, optimistic view of hitting and understand that failure leads to success.
A great hitter conditions himself to think like the immortal slugger Babe Ruth, Hall of Famer. “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run,” said Ruth. Rather than grow discouraged by a swing and miss, Ruth was emboldened to swing harder and faster and with more spirit during his next at-bat. He knew that an out was an aberration and a fleeting occurrence soon eclipsed by his next mammoth home run or towering extra-base hit.
A great hitter is not only confident; a great hitter knows. Absorb the knowledge of Ruth – know that every strike propels you toward your next hit. Embrace the short-term out that leads to long-range success!