LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) – As any baseball player will tell you, the game they love can be awfully cruel.
“You have your ups. You have your downs,” said Jermaine Curtis. “Through the downs, how do you not doubt yourself?”
It was a question the 29-year-old Bats infielder kept asking himself over and over again last July in the middle of a slump that dropped his batting average to around .200.
Curtis had a taste of the big leagues only once back in 2013 and now here he was, in the middle of a long slump, wondering if he’d ever return.
“I had a drought where I was like 0-16,” said Curtis. “That’s where the self-taught thing came out. “
After reading up on self-help, Curtis decided he needed a boost in confidence. He started off by writing himself a letter, complete with pictures and other positive affirmations.
“Just a lot of things that are positive you’d say to yourself (like) I’m a run producing machine,” said Curtis.
Curtis then took it a step further. He grabbed his cellphone and recorded himself reading that pep talk. He would listen to his recordings three times a day.
Over and over and over again.
“I took off. For the month of July, I crushed it.”
Curtis didn’t tell a lot of his teammates exactly what he was doing but little by little, they noticed a change.
“He’s staying upbeat,” said Seth Mejias-Brean. “He’s happy all the time. He always has that confidence.”
And that confidence carried into this year. Curtis is currently batting .286 for the season. He was player of the month for April and was later named to the International League All-Star team.
“All that has led me to where I am now,” said Curtis. “Hopefully, I can get back to the bigs. Everything I've said is coming true.”
Sure the game is still tough but then again, so is Jermaine Curtis.
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