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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Food for thought...

Even though we're all student athletes at-heart, BALL is actually in the business of serving athletes, their families, and their coaches. So athletes and BALL fans, read on...sometimes it helps to cross train your brain...

When sports turns from your calling to your avocation, eventually you will get a job...With that in mind, following is from one of my favorite business authors, Seth Godin:

You get a job...

> For the money
> To be challenged
> For the pleasure/calling of doing the work
> For the impact it makes on the world
> For the reputation you build in the community
> To solve interesting problems
> To be part of a group and to experience the mission
> To be appreciated

Why do we always focus on the first? Why do we advertise jobs or promotions as being generic on items 2 through 8 and differentiated only by #1?

In fact, unless you're a drug kingpin or a Wall Street trader, my guess is that the other factors are at work every time you think about your work.

Or, if you've learned anything from sports, it's that calculated risks can pay off. So instead of a job, you decide to start a business based on an idea...

> Ideas don't come from watching television
> Ideas sometimes come from listening to a lecture
> Ideas often come while reading a book

Good ideas come from bad ideas, but only if there are enough of them

> Ideas hate conference rooms, particularly conference rooms where there is a history of
criticism, personal attacks or boredom
> Ideas occur when dissimilar universes collide
> Ideas often strive to meet expectations. If people expect them to appear, they do
> Ideas fear experts, but they adore beginner's mind. A little awareness is a good thing
> Ideas come in spurts, until you get frightened. Willie Nelson wrote three of his biggest hits in one week

Ideas come from trouble

> Ideas come from our ego, and they do their best when they're generous and selfless
> Ideas come from nature
> Sometimes ideas come from fear (usually in movies) but often they come from confidence
> Useful ideas come from being awake, alert enough to actually notice

Though sometimes ideas sneak in when we're asleep and too numb to be afraid

> Ideas come out of the corner of the eye, or in the shower, when we're not trying
> Mediocre ideas enjoy copying what happens to be working right this minute
> Bigger ideas leapfrog the mediocre ones
> Ideas don't need a passport, and often cross borders (of all kinds) with impunity

An idea must come from somewhere, because if it merely stays where it is and doesn't join us here, it's hidden. And hidden ideas don't ship, have no influence, no intersection with the market. They die, alone.

- Seth Godin

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

From an old coach...

Tis the season to be thankful.

We are blessed to be still involved in baseball because:

Of the look in his eyes after he has had a big game

Of the tears in his eyes after a tough loss

He drags himself off the cursed video games to come and ask ‘ Dad, wanna play some catch?’

He is learning lessons in life from this wonderful game. He is learning to deal with failure, that hard work and discipline results in more success/fun, selflessness in working towards team goals and to not concern himself with things over which he has no control.

Of all the wonderful friends that we have made at the ballpark that will remain friends even after the bright lights dim.

We are thankful for:

The coaches that care and give so many hours to try to help other people’s kids to have a meaningful and enjoyable baseball experience

The umpires that take so much flack but give so much for the love of the game

The wins that bring such joy and gratification

The losses that keep us humble and make us understand where improvement must be made.

Those wonderful creatures “Baseball Moms”, who Squeal with glee for each Home Run, yet kiss away the tears and offer gentle admonitions to ‘suck it up’ when they get thrown out at home with the tying run and bloody their knee. Who wash their warrior’s unis and prepare his lucky pregame pasta before every game. Who come to love the game and never want it to end.

This little boy's game we call baseball that if we are lucky we can share with our son for a long time but will look back on as some of the best years of our lives!


Please feel free to share this Thanksgiving message with your baseball friends.

Yours In Baseball
Bruce Lambin

Sunday, November 14, 2010

We honor you, Vets!

The Veteran's Day Post didn't get displayed for some reason...

During times like these when it seems that society becomes more and more polarized and self-serving, it's both appropriate and, in BALL's humble opinion, mandatory, that we honor those men and women who willingly place their lives on the line every day so we can live free.

Following is a link to some (not all) of the professional sports athletes who fought for our country. You might be surprised that several non-citizens fought (and fight!) for our country. Included among them was "The Great One", Roberto Clemente.

Thanks to Mike Peticca at The Starting Blocks for such an exhaustive and awe-inspiring article.