I know someone just made a thread about what motivates you, but I'm curious if there are any interesting stories about how you started, or what motivated you to start bodybuilding.
I've kinda got one.
I didn't quite live up to my baseball expectations in high school. I'm a pretty honest guy, don't stretch the truth too much, and I'm going to tell this how it really was. I was pretty good. Up till my junior year, I was recruited pretty heavily for Division 1 Baseball. I won't mention any names, but a couple top 25 teams, along with a lot of very solid Division 1 programs, continued to show interest. Throughout my junior year, my phone literally rang everyday with one coach or another throwing their traditional recruiting pitch line at me. It was awesome, all the work I had put in through my entire life, and all the dreams I had about professional baseball, seemed to continue getting more realistic.
Scouts and Coaches liked me for my potential. I was a 6'4 First Basemen, good 210 pound frame, above average bat speed. I could drop some bombs. My bat speed was there. Although, I was very raw, and struck out more often than I should have. That sticks out, but at that point everyone seemed willing to take a chance on me based soley on what I could eventually be doing.
Let me give a little info about college baseball before I go on. Division 1 baseball programs are much different than Football or Basketball. They are only allowed 11.7 scholarships to give out to the 30-35 man roster they are supposed to field. So if you do the math, scholarships are obviously going to be split up if you plan on fielding a good team. A Very, very good ballplayer will get around 50-60% scholarship money at a D1 school. Pitchers are sought after a little more than position players, so money tends to go to them first. It takes a pretty good position player to bring on 50-60% of a scholarship, and at that time my parents, coaches, and myself were expecting some offers to be more than that.
Then came the prospect of possibly going in the draft. As it got closer and closer to my senior year, there was talk that I could maybe go in the draft. I wasn't expecting to go anytime early, or get picked soon enough that it would be good enough money to take me away from college, but the pro interest was there. I received medical evaluations from just about every team. It was going very, very well for me.
But for some reason, things started to not work out as expected. Teams were still very interested, but I think I might have been looking for that perfect deal just a little too much. As it got deeper and deeper into the recruiting, I found myself a little deeper and deeper in a hole. Maybe some teams were running out of money? Maybe some teams weren't willing to take a chance on a big, raw first basement? I'll never really know.
My senior season began with high expectations. For an 18 year old kid, I had a lot of pressure on me, and I knew it. A lot of people expected me to do things I had never done, and it was tough. First couple games went by, and I started to struggle. Deeper into the season, I still couldn't find a groove. I honestly could not hit the ball. The deeper it got into the season, the worse. That's when teams who were excited about my potential as a player, started to believe that the potential I was so sought after for might never come through. Trying so hard to get out of a slump, and seeing everything you worked so hard for slip away, it was the toughest thing i've ever went through.
The D1 schools stopped calling, the draft went by, and I felt lost. I had some small offers from smaller D1 Schools, basically a come and play with no scholarship type deal, along with some smaller Junior Colleges willing to take me, but it just wasn't what I wanted. It was tough being recruited by some of the better schools in the nation, almost able to make your own pick, when it turns out in the end no one wants to take you. It just came to the point that the offers that I was getting wasn't what I wanted to do. I think it really shocked a lot of people. I ended up breaking up with a girlfriend that had been through the entire deal, dropping nearly everything. After all this hype, all this talk, I ended up deciding not to play college baseball at all.
I think that's when Bodybuilding came in.
I wanted to challenge myself with something so hard, so respected, and literally pour every bit of my heart and soul into it. I didn't want to be looked at as the kid that didn't make it. When people walked by me on the street, I wanted to look like I'm still busting my ass more than they ever ****ing thought of doing, and that I didn't settle for 'not making it'. **** that, that will not be me. I will not be the guy who 'used to be good', and is now a fat ass who sits on his couch and drinks beer, talking about his glory days. I refuse. If someone wants to find out what I've been doing since baseball ended, come to the gym. That's how I want to be. So from there on, I made the gym my new baseball field. I constantly pour my heart into it more and more.
And you know what? As bad as it felt going from so high to so low, I'm as happier as I've ever been. I'll soon be going to school for firefighting, doing something that is WAY more important than any baseball game could ever be. I'm will not settle to be normal, live the normal life. Too many people do that. If I can give some advice, do something special. We're all going to die, we can't live through that, so don't live the life that has taken the lives of so many already.
I hope you all appreciated this, thanks for listening a ton. I kinda think this may be my first time talking about this to anyone since it's happened lol.
I also attached some articles, and a scouting report from my junior year just if anyone is interested in seeing. I find it pretty interesting to look back on.
Perfect Game Scouting Report
Another Perfect Game Scouting Report
Article Written at the Beginning Of Senior Season
Keep in mind, newspapers are normally full of ****, just thought it'd be an interesting read to follow up the story.
So let's hear some stories about what motivated you guys to start.