In less than 2 hours I’ll be at the facility conducting velocity testing with at least 13 minor and major league pitchers this morning.
Monday’s is always an exciting day because it’s velo day.
And the intensity inside that building is electric…Outside of the 100 mph throws that have become routine, it’s the competitive environment that separates it from your ordinary training day.
In fact, the intensity in the room could only be matched by assembling 13 alpha males gorillas, fighting to the death for the opportunity to reproduce.
But today, will be different.
No longer is there that “one” guy that sits on the outside, just a little unsure if it could happen again. And let’s face it, we all have that innate fear of the worst happening, where your sympathetic nervous system takes control and flight takes precedence over fight.
But, not for this guy and that’s why he’s different, in fact, I’m convinced he’s done what 99.9999% of us could never do.
He’s not only faced every pitchers worst nightmare, he’s went beyond “worst fear” territory and stepped into the realm of ‘there’s no way it could ever happen to me”.
But it did. Twice.
I guess it was around 2012 when I saw this converted short stop for the first time. A friend of mine had sent me video of this 6’0 rhp. The pitcher was a little undersized, but man did his arm work.
The kid had scouts projecting him to go anywhere between the 1st and high 2nd round but then it happened. He felt a snap in his elbow and it was the two words every pitcher dreads to hear….
Later that Spring, the Cubs thought so highly of him, they drafted him in the 4th round, knowing he wouldn’t be able to pitch that year for them. He breezed through rehab and was turning heads in 2013. He made the most of his rehab time and was creating quite a buzz in the organization and the “brass” were excited about the strides he’d made and then it happened…On a sloppy field, he threw a pitch and the sound echoed throughout the park.
But this time it wasn’t his ligament, it was the bone in his elbow. “It was the nastiest, scariest thing I’ve ever seen on the baseball field,” said a very good friend of mine, high up in MLB. “From the stands, I heard the snapping sound and I thought it could have been a career ending injury.”
You expect to be a first rounder and a few weeks prior to the draft, you’re world turns upside down when something that starts as a minor forearm strain ends up being Tommy John….And before your first season ever really starts,after spending 100’s of hours on your road to recovery, through all the up’s and down’s; You experience a pain so traumatic, the sound of the bone fracturing can be heard throughout the stadium from the concession stand to the bullpen…
And realize right then and there, your career is over.
All the childhood dreams, all the hard work and time spent training when your friends are out doing what kids do…You want more, you have a dream and you’re doing everything in your power to make it happen. In the blink of an eye…
That was 2013 and like most pitchers, it’s hard to say goodbye to a dream and regardless of what you say to yourself, you know deep down in your heart, it’s not going to ever happen…Even worse-you hear others tell you that it’s going to be OK, that you’ll make it back but it’s obvious they don’t believe you. So, you sit outside the circle watching as the same guys you were drafted with, even higher than some…go at it, disappointed and disgusted when the guy behind the gun fails to call out “100 MPH!”
But, you continue to do what you’ve got to do. And in the back of your head, you can’t help but think
- “Why did this happen to me?”
- Why wasn’t it one of the guy’s you hear about that has all the talent but does nothing to make it happen, why couldn’t “it” happen to those guys?
- Why did it have to happen to somebody like this kid who does everything right.
But, he never did.
And let’s face it life isn’t fair. And truth be told, there’s no such thing as LUCK, you make your own luck. I’ve heard LUCK defined as the crossroads of preparation and opportunity. So, today when I walk into the facility and attest to the room full of 100 MPH arms, I’m going to find myself wondering why this kid had to deal with so much and where would he be had he not experienced such bad luck…Because he had what every scout looks for, he was the guy every pitching coach can’t wait to toe the rubber.
He was a DUDE. Today’s he’s not.
But even though he had the chance to quit- walk away with his pride intact, able to tell everyone he didn’t make it because he suffered not one but two traumatic injuries. He didn’t. And for that, I respect him and will tell his story to anyone willing to listen. Because regardless of what happens in the future, this kid is by far and away one of the most resilient human beings I’ve ever had the fortune to be around and especially, coach on a very small level.
- His work ethic exceeds anything I’ve ever witnessed.
- His determination and competitive spirit is unlike anything most of us will ever see.
- His attention to detail and focus is unparalleled because he’s the guy that makes every throw, drill or activity-no matter how big or small, count.
- And he’s just one of 13 reasons, I love what I do and today when I watch him throw, I’m not watching a DUDE because his days of throwing it 92-94 MPH…
Today, I will walk into the facility and watch this same kid that could have quit, walked away and made every excuse in the book on why he couldn’t do it…But instead, found only reasons on “why he COULD And it’s because of his character, work-ethic and unwavering determination that he’s exceeded what anyone would have ever imagined or dreamed…And it’s why he’s achieved near Super-Hero status in my book, when for the first time in his life last week…
He hit 102 MPH!
But, that wasn’t as impressive as this…In fact, I’ve only seen a handful of pitchers ever do what he did when he…
Touched 95 MPH from a slide step off flat ground, over and over again.
So, to all you pitchers that are reading this and are facing long odds, ready to give up and can’t find another reason to get out of bed and put yourself through another grueling workout…Remember this kids name…
And be sure to look for him in the very near future for the Chicago Cubs because his story is one everyone will be telling. If you want the same program that Josh Conway uses every single day…click here to experience the power of The Core Velocity Belt!
Trust what you FEEL,
P.S: Josh is one of the first professional pitchers to extensively use The Core Velocity Belt.
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Here’s a short video clip of Josh using The Belt to train his back hip to be dominant using a medicine ball…
Just wanted to pass along the quote from a parent phone call yesterday…
I used the CVB on one of my 13 yr old pitchers the other night who struggles with consistencey, throws hard but all over the place. After 10 minutes of drill work with the belt, he threw 20 pitches to locations in a row.
The dad’s phone call is what I thought you would find interesting..
“Tate said on the way home, he can now actually FEEL when he is going to throw a strike before he lets go of the ball”
I thought you would appreciate that!!! Thanks for all you do.