2) Fenway Park
If you know anything about Major League Baseball you should already be thinking “Green Monster” – your team has probably been robbed of a homerun or two by the 37’ high wall in left field.
As soon as spring time rolled around in my neighborhood, there was only one priority – imitate the big leaguers! After all, we lived in Pawtucket, home to the Red Sox farm team.
I vividly recall the fierce wiffle ball competitions we had, composed of set teams from kids all around the neighborhood. The oldest kids acted as team managers. They kept statistics and calculated batting averages in 5 subject notebooks.
My friend Nathan had the perfect backyard for baseball. Off to the right was a row of hedges about 8’ tall. Hit the ball over the hedge and you got yourself a homerun.
I was really good at this. If there was a ball low and outside I was swinging for my own “Green Monster.” The older kids yelled at me for swinging at pitches that were so far outside the strike zone – but I didn’t care. I knew I would hit home run after home run.
Opposing teams would harass me. As the ball was coming towards home plate they would yell, “SWING BATTER BATTER!” (pronounced with a thick Rhode Island accent “ba-dah, ba-dah”)
This annoying little phrase spread like wild fire and someone would rehearse the chant no matter who was at bat.
THE CHALLENGE: You only have one life to live and like it or not, you are at bat. There are people who don’t want you to hit a home run, or even get on base. There are people chanting “SWING BATTER, BATTER” Maybe they want you to swing for a certain college, a certain program, a certain job, a certain look, a certain qualification, a certain political party, a certain standard, a certain car, a certain home, a certain blah, blah whatever. Ignore them. The only “certain” is for you to be certain on what YOU are aiming for. So go for it, ignore the chatter, aim for the Green Monster and knock one out of the park. Run around the bases and slide IN the dirt because..one day… you will be UNDER the dirt.