63 years young and working on HER dream of becoming a baseball player!

Have you ever read the quote,

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
— Theodore Roosevelt

It’s really difficult to quit and move on from doing something you love.  This is especially true for athletes.  Most athletes retire in their late 30’s or early 40’s.  Of course, there are always exceptions to the rule.  For instance, the oldest participant in the 2016 Olympics is 52 years old.  It’s easy to see he doesn’t see age as anything more than a number.

Take for example Maria Cognetti, she is 63 years young and comes to BLT every Saturday morning because as she likes to put it, “one day I’d like to be a baseball player.” She has definitely taught the staff at BLT a valuable lesson, her determination is inspiring and a reminder to Never Give Up On Your Dreams!

Watch this short video of Maria…she will definitely inspire you!

 

Satchel Paige once asked, “How old would you be, if you didn’t know how old you were?”  I love that question. I believe the athletes who don’t pay attention to their age are the ones who usually perform at a high level.  They are the ones who seek out the latest advances in diet, conditioning and overall health and well-being. And maybe the reason they can perform so well at “older” ages is because they never gave up on their true passion.

Let’s look at our own Rob Semerano, co-founder of BLT and not to mention my son! He is a perfect example of this approach.  As his father I’ve been able to watch his progress over the years and I can say that now, in his mid 30’s, he is stronger, faster and more flexible than he has ever been. He has found the right mentors and coaches to advise him on his daily workouts, but what he does that not all others do is he actually implements it.  Rob is still striving to pitch again in the Big Leagues.  During the past two years, he has thrown his fastball, faster than ever and is consistently clocked in the mid to upper 90’s.  He has never given up or backed down from his dream and he has remained focused on what it will take to get him to reach his goal.  Rob says that he knows he will continue to improve (not decline in speed, skills or flexibility) because his training will always continue to evolve with new and exciting breakthroughs.  To observe one of his training sessions is truly inspiring. I’ve seen guys ten years younger than him, struggle to keep up with his strength and endurance workouts.  But because of his dedication, I’ve noticed Rob’s fastball command and velocity keep getting better.  His curve has more “bite” and his change-up has tremendous deception. Rob is on to something remarkable.  Along with a strong belief in himself, desire to play ball and faith in God, his athletic ceiling will continue to rise.

All of us have hopes and dreams.  But, it’s those select few who have the focus and drive that push them through any barrier.  The next time someone tells you it’s time to be realistic about your dreams and that perhaps you are getting too old to reach them, let it go in one ear and out the other…I say, give your dreams everything you have and go for it!  Always keep pushing and believing.  I know Coach Rob and Maria will, but will you?

I Believe in You!

Coach Bob