It is Baseball Season!!! America's pastime! It is the best time of the year!!
What does baseball mean to me? It is a time of learning, it is a time for motivation, it is a time of new beginnings!
In the movie "Bull Durham", Kevin Costner is a teacher of the finer points of the game. The new hot shot pitcher has to learn more about the finer points of the game. Never throw a punch with your pitching arm, never mess with a streak, and most importantly to trust in your teammates.
In the movie "The Sandlot", Bennie "The Jet" Rodriquez was born out of his "pickling the beast". The lesson here is that everyone has their defining moment that will carry them throughout their life.
In the movie, "The Rookie", Dennis Quaids character learns that it is important to recognize when you become a hero or a mentor to others. As his wife tells him when he is about to quit his dream of making it to the major leagues that his 10 year old son is asleep for the night and that if he thinks about quitting, what kind of message is it sending to his son. What a powerful message!
At the end of the day, Baseball is a metaphor for life! To quote Kevin Costner from Bull Durham, "some days you win, some days you lose, and some days it rains." In life, we are all going to have our good days and our bad days. Some days things just don't work out as planned, but we always need to keep our priorities straight.
Those that have played baseball at the highest levels will tell you that the highest compliment that can be paid to a ball player is to be known as a great teammate not to just be the best player. I have been fortunate to coach my son's when they were younger and humility is a big part of their individual games. They are known by their peers as a teammate first, and a skilled player second.
In the workplace, individual accolades can be attained, but it should be more important to maintain trusting relationships. This is the way I play the game, for better or worse!
I look forward each week to my 7 inning vacation for my sons games and look forward to those 9 inning vacations with my family once the professional season starts.
Have a great end of the weekend!