Thanks, Coach Altobelli

Where I’m from, baseball never ends. It’s more of a lifestyle than a sport. The kids I coach, along with their families, make a huge commitment to be a part of our program. I did it as a player years ago and now have the chance to lead other young men to...

Kobe

“Don’t go into the house yet.” My son was reading social media posts as we pulled into the driveway today. “Kobe just died.” Perhaps just because of his iconic status, it was like a punch in the gut. Kobe? I watched his whole career....

It Takes What It Takes

To compete at a high level on the field requires an unyielding commitment to doing things the right way, on and off the field. It isn’t easy, which is why players and teams around the country routinely do not reach their potential. Taking no shortcuts,...
Trust the Process

Trust the Process

Trust the process. That’s what he preached to his players. One rep at a time. One practice at a time. One game at a time. Development as a player and team can’t be rushed. It doesn’t happen overnight. All he asked was that they trust the process....

Uncomfortable At-Bats

The most uncomfortable—in fact, terrifying—at-bat I ever had was against a guy who threw in the mid-90s and had no idea where the ball was going. I had faced hard throwing pitchers before. I had faced wild pitchers before. But the combination of hard throwing and wild...