While it may not feel like it in some parts of the country, spring has arrived, and with it, the start of baseball season. However, while this sport is a source of pleasure for many Americans, some may find that their anger issues are keeping them from enjoying this beloved national pastime.
Whether you are an avid MLB fan, have joined a team with a few coworkers, or are supporting a little-leaguer at home, if a minor upset during a game can send you into a fit of rage, it’s important to address the problem before it results in an embarrassing or potentially violent conflict.
Like most other sports, baseball is characterized by bursts of adrenaline and tension. After all, it is this anticipation and anxiety that keeps fans on the edge of their seats and draws them to these events from season to season. But, this intense pressure can also lead to devastating disappointment, and if you don’t know how to keep these negative sentiments in check, you may end up doing something you regret.
Even professional players can lose their cool on occasion, verbally abusing umpires and even acting out against other players. In 2001, the players from the New York Mets were so upset by a 3-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants that they infamously attacked the opposing team’s dugout and caused $4,000 in damage.
If you are concerned that your issues with rage may keep you from enjoying this baseball season or could put you in an awkward position with friends, coworkers or fellow parents, consider taking our online anger management classes. These programs have been devised by anger management consultants, and can help you learn techniques to manage the ups and downs of this gripping but often frustrating game.