Baseball Lesson


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boldadj. bold·er, bold·est
1. Fearless and daring; courageous.
2. Requiring or exhibiting courage and bravery.

I was watching a St. Louis Cardinal’s game recently – one they finally won – and the announcers were talking about a less than stellar job of base running by one of our guys.

One of the announcers made a comment that more baseball games are lost than are won. It was a quote by someone-or-another. I really didn’t catch the person’s name, I was much too busy stewing – angry at the baseball gods, the other team, the third base coach, the fans, Mel Gibson – mad at anyone and everyone but the base runner, who happens to be one of my favorite players.

When my guy ended up scoring on a hit by the next batter, I actually tuned my ears into what the announcers were talking about: Boldness. They were pointing out how that the most successful athletes are the ones who play without any fear – they boldly take risks and make things happen. They aren’t overly cautious and timid, afraid of the “what if’s” or the “buts.”

A night or two later I saw some amazing highlights of Coco Crisp (Boston Red Sox). He was playing in just such a way – like he had nothing to lose and everything to win. His team did, in fact, win their game and he was the MVP.

He made me think back to the quote – about more baseball games being lost than won. And he made me think of all the announcers had said about boldness.

Then I started thinking about our everyday lives. Maybe we should live more boldly, as though we had nothing to lose and everything to win. Maybe we should sweep out all traces of what if’s and but’s from our vocabulary.

You know, if we did that, I can’t help thinking that we’d put up a few more W’s in our own Win’s and Losses column. That’s an idea worth boldly considering.

Make each moment bold,

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