I sat on a park bench just outside the cage where BoBo was getting his lessons. He worked on his pitching technique with his instructor, Scott. They broke down the steps and Scott commented on what BoBo was doing right or wrong.
Scott admits that breaking the steps down can be boring, but he reassures BoBo of the importance of good form to protect from injuries. I had a good view of BoBo from where I was seated. His face showed his focus. His eyes were intense as he raised his left leg off the ground, balanced for a few seconds and then brought it down so that his foot almost touched the ground. Then his glove pointed forward, towards Scott, as his right arm pulled back and then made its way up behind his head. As his right arm began to propel the ball forward his right foot came around and landed in front of him. I watched the ball make its way into the Scott’s glove.
I love to watch BoBo pitch when he’s in the zone. There are other times, when he is not in the zone, that I hold my breath…especially if he is on the mound at a game. Today, he concentrates for his lesson. He absorbs what the instructor is telling him. His intensity reminds me of myself when I am in my zone while running. It’s awesome.