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|therapy. Things slowly got better when he realized he was headed down a bad path. And, of course, he had help along the way. His coaches and parents were there for him. “After years of working on it and being aware what gets me mad and how to react, I’ve gotten better,” Butler said. “When I was at Radford, the coaches took me out to dinner. They wanted to make sure I was all right.”
Butler's college coach at Radford, Joe Raccuia, didn’t mince words when talking about Butler’s issues. He and the other coaches saw the talent in the freshman, who turned down the Texas Rangers after being drafted out of high school, but also saw a player headed in the wrong direction. “One of the things Eddie does is talk about how good he is before he performs,” Raccuia said. “He probably did it at the Cape [Cod League]. He probably did in the minors. He probably did in a big league clubhouse. He did it at Radford when he first got here. Then when T. J. Logan Authentic Jersey you get hit around, it’s a humbling experience.”
The dinner with Raccuia helped, and though there are those negative stories about Butler, he garnered praise at every level of baseball for being a fierce competitor who used his emotions to help him. “I think Eddie is a super competitor,” said Gary Lavelle, his high school coach. “We were in a conference championship game, and he pitched two days earlier. He wanted to close out the championship game. His velocity was way up when he came in. He stepped it up a notch and blew them away. I saw him use his emotions to help himself.”
How do the people closest to Butler know he’s getting better? They see little signs on the mound -- not the exaggerated emotions he used to portray. “The worst thing he does now is twist the baseball trying to rub the major league emblem off,” Butler’s dad said. “If he’s having a great time, he doesn’t fidget with that baseball. If he’s struggling or someone makes a bad play, we know it’s because he rubs that baseball.”
Has the anger issue been conquered? Butler doesn’t think so, as he believes he might have to deal with it in one form or another for the rest of his life. But he’s getting there. Realization is the word used to describe Butler’s progress. Realizing the problem is the first step to a solution. “I just knew I had a short fuse,” Butler said. “When something didn’t go my way, I usually let http://www.basketballofficialstore.com/DERON_WILLIAMS_JERSEY_AUTHENTIC-c-497_504.html it be known. Looking back, it wasn’t the greatest thing. I’ve had umpires miss calls, and the next thing you know, I’m trying to throw the ball 100 mph. I’m like, ‘What am I doing?’”
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