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On September 1, 1999, after eight stellar seasons with the White Sox,
Frank Thomas hit rock bottom. He'd lost the edge on the baseball diamond-his
last two years were mediocre at best. The Chicago sports beat writers were
pounding him, many were writing him off.
Thomas knew he had to do something, so he called his former hitting
instructor, Walt Hriniak for help. The front office agreed to bring Hriniak
back in to try to salvage Thomas' career. After studying tapes of Thomas
at bat, Hriniak knew what was wrong, mechanically that is, with Thomas'
swing. He'd lost the pace to the swing, it was too long and the movement
of his head wasn't smooth anymore, it was jerky. Hriniak could fix those
problems in less than an hour in the batting cage. But something else was
wrong-something only Thomas could fix.
Thomas had lost his focus. Along with some family problems, Thomas was
getting hammered in the business world. "Big Hurt Enterprises," his sports
marketing company went belly up and "Un-D-Nyable," his record company was
draining his personal finances. Thomas had a decision to make, did he continue
to dabble in this and that, including his baseball career, or did he funnel
his attention back into what made him great in the first place-baseball.
He made his decision. He put the distractions behind him and today he
is leading his team into a pennant race.
In baseball, as in life, focus is not optional.
"And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able
to stand." (Mark 3:25 NASB)
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