If others can benefit from it.
Her statistics are impeccable. In four years of pitching for Brandon Farms against all-boys teams, she compiled a perfect 37-0 record. She completed a 12-0 season with the second perfect game of her career (16 strikeouts in six innings) while striking out 127 in 60 innings. Her team was the city champion three times. She threw her second perfect game — and predicted this one just hours before she did it.
Her fastball hits the mid-60s, and she can send opponents to the bench in tears, embarrassing them with a knuckleball she learned from former major league knuckleball legend Joe Niekro. Parents of some players and players would make some negative comments, including that she should be playing softball. But she doesn’t care. In fact:
Professional baseball scouts see possibilities in her knuckleball, already-hopping fastball and strong hitting skills that sparked a .604 batting average,.
“She is definitely one-of-a-kind,” said Keith Maxwell, one of her coaches and a former minor leaguer who coaches Little Leaguers across several states. “I’ve had an opportunity to play with some girls coming up in Little League, and they were actually pretty good ballplayers. Some of them actually made all-star teams and that kind of stuff. Chelsea is on a whole different planet compared to them.
“Chelsea Baker is by far the best female 13-year-old girl [baseball player] in the United States. She is the best I’ve ever seen in my life hands down. The sky is the limit.”
Her mother wanted her to enter a beauty contest at the age of five. She did, but her natural interest was piqued by baseball. She started T-ball, quickly was a standout, and she became friends with a fellow teammate JJ Niekro, Joe Niekro’s son. Chelsea was intrigued by Coach Joe’s throwing his knuckleball, once after each practice. She started throwing it, and eventually Coach Joe, seeing her determination and dedication, broke down and told her the secret. She has been practicing and perfecting it ever since.
The nature of Crafters is most clearly seen in their masterful operation of tools, equipment, machines, and instruments of all kinds. Most us use tools in some capacity, of course, but Crafters (as much as ten percent of the population) are the true masters of tool work, with an innate ability to command tools and to become expert at all the crafts requiring tool skills. Even from an early age they are drawn to tools as if to a magnet — tools fall into their hands demanding use, and they must work with them. [Please Understand Me II]
Chelsea has found her tool for beating the competition: the baseball.
Michael Jordan explains: The Art of the Crafter.
Yep, Do What You Love, Love What You Do. Prove the critics wrong. Hey, dudes you made a mistake. Temperament trumps.