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...

One Piece Away?

Every offseason, Major League teams search for ways to improve their current and future rosters. Free agents are signed. Trades are made. Contenders look for that final piece to push them over the top. Rebuilders look for the prospect to turn their futures around. All...

Jesus and the Art of Coaching

Part of the art of coaching is the ability to break a player down and build him back up again. Breaking him down doesn’t mean demoralizing him, but instead means showing him how his ways aren’t going to work. Building him up doesn’t mean just making him feel better,...