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,...

Jesus Punched Religion in the Mouth

Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth. So said Mike Tyson, one of the most ferocious boxers in the sport’s history. The same is true in baseball. My plan was always simple: follow the same routine each game, each at-bat, each fielding opportunity,...

Safe at Home

There’s a great monologue by the late comedian George Carlin, in which he describes the differences between baseball and football. It’s worth the watch when you have the chance. Carlin talks of football in serious tones, wherein the goal is to march down the field,...

Rain Delay

There isn’t much worse in a baseball game than a rain delay. Getting ready for the game, only to have it interrupted before it or during it is not just frustrating, but it can throw plans into complete disarray. Players, fans, broadcasters, umpires…no one likes...

“Time!”

He liked to work quickly on the mound. Knowing his game plan and what he wanted to do to the hitters, he was ready for the next pitch as soon as he received the ball from the catcher. Without much hesitation, he nodded in agreement with the number put down, then got...

Nobody Can Change Everything, Right?

Baseball is such a great game. It’s the only game where the defense has the ball. It has no time limit. Players who aren’t good at offense must still often hit for themselves, while those who aren’t good at defense can still often be found by the...