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Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
  • Heather Harris: Ability to shake it off is admirable

  • I’m all for being in the moment and getting fired up and using that energy to propel yourself to do better in the game. Sports are all about adrenaline and sometimes that can turn into aggression. I get that, and there will be moments when things are said in the heat of the moment that shouldn’t.

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  • There is a fine line between being a passionate player and a bad sport.
    I’m all for being in the moment and getting fired up and using that energy to propel yourself to do better in the game. Sports are all about adrenaline and sometimes that can turn into aggression. I get that, and there will be moments when things are said in the heat of the moment that shouldn’t.
    It is how you handle yourself after you lose your cool that defines your character.
    I cover many athletic games and see people lose their heads all the time, it happens. Heck, it happens in life.
    Recently, while covering a game, I saw a batter take a wild pitch to the back. The batter proceeded to saunter down the first base line and yelled at the pitcher for the mistake.
    Why?
    This isn’t the pros; it was a high school game. The hurler simply lost site of the plate, it wasn’t a deliberate hit by pitch.
    The pitcher was only a freshman and trying to find her footing. Her inexperience on the mound was probably the cause for her being off the mark.
    She probably already felt bad enough without being screamed at. I’m sure getting hit in the back hurt like heck, but why not shrug it off and get your butt on base?
    There are always going to be glitches in life, some will hurt more than others. The ability to continue on despite the pain or irritation speaks volumes about a person’s character.
    I find most people, both in and out of sports, don’t set out each day to deliberately irritate or hurt each other. Most folks are just trying to do the best they can.
    When we accidentally cut someone off, is a middle finger or an angry horn honk necessary? Not really.
    When the person in front of you at the checkout lane has 1,000 coupons and holds up your day, sighing loudly or grumbling about it doesn’t change anything, it just makes you look like a jerk.
    Things aren’t always going to go your way; there will always be curveballs, some more painful than others.
    Instead of griping about it or getting angry if you do get hit by a pitch, be happy that you got on base! Keep moving, and keep your head up. If you are lucky, you’ll round the bases, and in the end, that could turn out being the winning run.
    Heather Harris is reporter for the Norton Mirror, Mansfield News and Easton Journal in Massachusetts. A three-sport high school athlete and two-sport college athlete, sports have long been a passion of hers. The mother of two can be seen running through the streets of Mansfield where she currently resides. Heather Harris can be reached at hharris@wickedlocal.com.

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