Beyond Your Reputation

His reputation preceded him, and it wasn’t good. For years, he did his own thing, often to the detriment of the team and those around him. He was selfish and everyone knew it. His reputation preceded him, and it wasn’t good, either. He wasn’t selfish, but he just...

Somebodies and Nobodies

Every great coach knows that a championship culture isn’t built on one coach or one player. Not even the greatest coach or greatest player can win singlehandedly. It takes everyone, the stars, the nobodies, and everyone in between. The 1927 Yankees don’t win, of...

Introductory Speech

He made no attempt to ‘wow’ them with his introductory speech. It was largely unimpressive to those who heard it. A few minutes before, the press conference highlighted his track record and character. As a result, the players expected something overwhelming from their...

RBIs, Teammates, and God’s Word

Today’s Reading: Psalm 1:1-3 Questions to think about: What are your goals on the field? You’ve thought about them, but what are they, really? What about off the field, as a person, as a Christian, in your relationships, your future work, and so on?...

Spring Training and the Resurrection of Christ

We didn’t know it at the time, but the 1991 World Series between the Atlanta Braves and the Minnesota Twins would become one of the best we’d ever see. Surprisingly, each team featured only two future Hall of Fame players, Jack Morris and Kirby Puckett from Minnesota,...

Spring Training Trip, Part 5: Help

You would think—or at least I did—that professional baseball players don’t really need any help. After all, aren’t they the machines we watch on television throughout the season? Don’t they show up every day needing no one and nothing?  Can’t they just do on the field...