Danny was always better than the average player in baseball as he grew up.
He also went to the eye doctor in middle school and found out that a mild eye glasses prescription could help him see 20/15 instead of the 20/25 vision that he saw without glasses. The only problem was he had astigmatism and contacts wouldn’t work with his type of prescription. He also didn’t like glasses for hitting.
Danny made it to the collegiate level, but his stats at hitting began to falter. He didn’t get a offer from a pro team, so he tried out for several for a couple of years.
Growing up, his parents spent a lot of money on equipment, camps, lessons and travel ball. He spent a lot of his energy and time on practicing and playing.
He retired from baseball at 23.
He cheated himself of reaching his genetic potential because he didn’t like to wear his eyeglasses.
Mike was great at basketball, mainly because he was 6’ 4” by middle school. He found out he was 20/60 but couldn’t put contacts in his eyes. He didn’t like glasses so he elected to play with blurry vision. He played AAU and made the high school team. During his junior year his numbers started faltering and he was moved off the better AAU teams. He didn’t want to try contacts again but still had dreams of becoming a pro basketball player. He earned a scholarship to a Div. III school but retired from basketball after he graduated.
Mike’s parents spent a lot of money on shoes, camps, lessons and travel ball. He spent a lot of his energy and time on practicing and playing. He cheated himself of reaching his genetic potential because he didn’t force himself to wear contacts or glasses.
3 out of 5 Americans wear contacts or glasses from the ages of 18-35. Only 1 out 5 athletes in the NBA and NFL wear glasses or contacts.
That means, 2 out of 5 athletes cheated themselves out of becoming a professional athlete because they thought they could see well enough to play, but they couldn’t.
The stories about Danny and Mike are true. I watched it happen. They were patients of mine (although I changed the names in this story). I worked really hard trying to educate them about not seeing their best and how it could affect them playing their sport.
Why did they skimp on their vision?
Why didn't they want to be the best that they could be?
Why not do all that you can do to be the best?
Why cheat yourself?
You really do have to see to play!
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