“WHEN I GROW UP I WANT TO BE A PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE”
Young athletes, time and time again have wishes to be like their idols that they watch on their favorite sports teams, as they hit homeruns, or make game-winning touchdown passes that make the crowd erupt. However, the luxurious lives that professional athletes like to present themselves having, come at a price, and have constant risks. This project will dive deep into the mentality of the modern athlete, and offer insight on what exactly goes on behind the scenes of the sports world. There are many elements that create the mentality of an athlete, and each of them impact an athlete’s life and motivation in many different ways.
One minute you could be playing minor league baseball, or playing in an independent organization for football, basketball, or any other sport, and the next thing you know, you get the call that changes your life, and career forever, where you are called up to the big leagues. This can have a lot of effects on an athlete’s mentality, but how one responds to
the spotlight turning to them can really make or break the performance on and off the field. Some athletes can let the fame and fortune
get to their head, while others are the same person they were when they were trying to make it to the majors. In the sports world, nothing is guaranteed, and those athletes that undertand that are the ones that go far.
As an athlete is working their way up to the majors, they will do whatever it takes to make it to the bright lights of professional sports.
However, what will distinguish an athlete who will go down in
history vs an athlete who is just an attraction is whether
they play for the love of their sport, or if they play for the money that comes with it. The money that can come into play with a professional athlete can
play a huge factor in the business end of sports, especially when they hit free agency. It is during that time where they need to decide, do they
IN ITTHE FATHE G want to have team loyalty and possibly stay with a
struggling organization that may not be a contender
in the forseeable future, just because they have the
history? Or do they want to test the free agent market,
pursue a large contract, and sign with a current contending
team? These are all motivators for an athlete as they are deciding
on their future in sports, play for the fame, or play for the love of the game?
In sports, the slightest alteration can make all the difference to the opposing team. Whether it is something as simple as using Pine Tar to better grip a baseball, or in the case of the Patriots in the 2014-2015 NFL playoffs where they deflated the balls, which affected the throwing of Andrew Luck, the quarterback of the Indianapolis Colts. The fact that they knowingly did this made this a punishable offense, and ultimately led to Tom Brady getting suspended for 4 games during the 2015 season. Another case of cheating involves the 2017 World Series Champions, the Houston Astros, who are currently under investigation for using cameras to steal catchers’ signs to the pitcher and relaying them to the batters to let them know what to expect.
If all is found guilty on their part, the MLB Commissioner has stated that there will be “penalties unlike anything seen in recent sports” for this team and people involved in the scandal.
An athlete or team can tend to do whatever it takes to win a big game or a championship, even if it makes them look bad in the end, but the good ones are the ones who work hard to better themselves the right way, in order to be a true contender.