Right around when I turned 8 years old, I became completely infatuated with the great game of baseball.
I immersed myself completely, watching every game I could, collecting baseball cards, honing my skills by playing pick-up games in the neighborhood and I even devised a game that I played by myself in my parents basement in which I would throw a racquet ball against an old couch and actually play out full games with full lineups, keeping score with a pen and tablet. This was the late-seventies/early eighties.
Of course I developed favorite players along with being a huge fan of my hometown team, The Pittsburgh Pirates.
One of my very favorites was Rickey Henderson of The Oakland Athletics.
Rickey was excitement personified.
Along with the obvious skill set, he brought so much character to the game and He established several records that will most likely never even be close to becoming approached.
I think another thing that drew me to him and actually influenced my early interest in bodybuilding was his physical stature. Rickey was compact and powerful and when he held a baseball bat, his arms and forearms looked cartoonish.
Rickey was heavily impacted by the great Muhammed Ali and channeled that influence enthusiastically to the baseball diamond.
Boxing and baseball are very different in application, but when you break it down you can see how beneficial it can be to look for influence and inspiration in what may possibly be unrelated areas and apply it with your very own original perspective and character.