The young man was born into a baseball family. His father, 3 of his uncles, and his grandfather each played professional ball. His 2 older brothers were destined to become professionals, too. The young man first swung a bat at age 2 and thereafter accompanied his older brothers when they played. He may have been the youngest; he was also the best. The young man was often the first selection during pickup games in the neighborhood, whatever the sport and in spite of any age difference. His family loved baseball, and they also loved whatever sport was in season. The young man was a standout at basketball, football, hockey, tennis, and golf. Whatever the sport, he excelled due to his focus, his intelligence, and his dedicated practice habits.
Throughout, the young man swung a bat. In the winter, he swung in the basement. In the summer and at night, he swung in the garage. He wanted to hit so much that he wore out all available pitchers including his father, his grandfather, and his brothers. His resourceful father, eager to stoke his son’s passion for hitting, crafted a homemade pitching machine from coffee cans and PVC pipes. The young man hit small plastic golf balls and other targets by the hundreds and honed his compact, powerful, consistent swing such that he was selected as the nation’s top high school baseball player. He also won the same recognition in football, and considered a collegiate path as a quarterback.
When the young man was selected by his hometown team the Minnesota Twins, during the amateur draft, he decided to bypass other sports and pursue his first love, baseball. He made a wise choice, for he soon became an elite offensive and defensive catcher for the Twins and became the first at his position to win 3 batting titles. In the midst of his record-setting brilliance, Joe Mauer practices his hitting with the same dedication and with the same device he used as a youth. The trademarked Quickswing product is used by thousands of young men of all ages who aim to develop the same crisp, efficient and quick swing as the 2009 American League MVP.
“Focus on being the best player you can be,” Mauer said, no matter the sport and no matter the season. If you choose baseball, be inventive, if you must, and find your best way to become a great hitter, just like Mauer.