Greatest

by Bayan Rabbani

There was a boy who woke up one morning with the belief that he is in fact, the greatest hitter in all of baseball.

This boy being 4 years old couldn't know that for certain, however his blind intuition convinced him so.

On said morning, he geared up complete with glove, bat, ball, and baseball cap snug on his head. On his way out of the house to the backyard, his mother stopped him and asked "Where do you think you're going?" to which he replied, "Mom, I'm the greatest hitter in all of baseball. I'm gonna go prove it."

He went outside, put down his glove, and got his bat in one hand and baseball in the other. He glared into the sun, dug his feet into the ground, squared his shoulders, arched his back, and prepared to swing.

With a final reminder that he is the greatest hitter in all of baseball, he heaved the ball high into the air and swung at the moment he felt he would make the sweetest connection.

Swing!

The ball hit the ground as his body twisted.

He stopped for a second and thought "I'm the best hitter in all of baseball, how could I miss?"

He picked up the ball, looked it over once, told himself "I have 2 more strikes," and then chucked it back up in the air and with a second swing"

Swing!

Again, the ball hit the ground, again he twisted.

Getting frustrated, he screamed at his bat, picked up the ball, put it within an inch from his face and exclaimed "I'm going to hit you! I'm the greatest hitter in all of baseball!"

The kid, for a 3rd time threw the ball into the air, and took his biggest swing yet.

Swing!

The ball hit the ground for a third time.

In his defeat, he threw his bat against the fence and sat on the ground with the ball in his hand understanding that he undoubtedly wasn't the greatest hitter in all of baseball -- the greatest hitter would never strike out.

After several minutes of tears streaming down his face, he came to a realization.

He wiped his wet nose on his sleeve, stood back up, looked into the sun, dug his feet into the ground, squared his shoulders, arched his back, and said out loud...

"I'm the greatest pitcher in all of baseball."

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