Guest Blogger: Jared Hughes
Hey everyone! I’m Jared Hughes and I’m really stoked to have the opportunity to have an entry in the blog. I greatly appreciate everyone who decides to read it.
I’d like to start off with a few interesting facts about myself to help you get to know me better. My name is Jared Hughes but I also go by any one of the following aliases: Bull, Ostrich, Spaghetti, Gumby, Huggies, Billy. I grew up in Southern California and I pitched for the Long Beach State Dirtbags in 2005 and 2006. In 2006 I was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates and ever since I have been grinding my way through the minor leagues en route to Pittsburgh. I played this past season with the Lynchburg Hillcats and the Altoona Curve and now I have been given the tremendous opportunity to play ball out here in Scottsdale, AZ for the Scottsdale Scorpions.
As an old mentor of mine would say…
“Glad to be here!”
The level of play in the fall league has been top notch so far. The competition seems to always capitalize on mistakes. The most successful players have been nearly flawless in executing their game plans. I had a coach in little league (Coach Bob) who once told me:
“There are two types of errors: mental errors and physical errors. A mental error is when you are lazy, you aren’t prepared, or you aren’t focused. A physical error is when you gave it your all and just couldn’t make the play.”
Every player makes ‘physical errors’, they are part of the game. Baseball is a game of failure, no player never faulters. However, ‘mental errors’ are avoidable, and I’ve quickly learned that in higher levels of baseball, ‘mental errors’…put simply…cause big problems.
So the plan for the next month in Arizona is to stay focused, have fun, and work hard. If I can stay focused and steer clear of those ‘mental errors’ I will give my team a good chance to win when I’m on the mound. Hopefully with that good chance to win I can help the team turn things around and we can make a run at the Arizona Fall League championship.
Thanks for reading,