Monday, December 24, 2012
BELIEVE & DREAM BIG
I saw it in my own life and I watch myself, a nerdy kid with no real baseball talent evolve into a pretty good ballplayer. Why? I believed. I was lucky enough to get that nudge from my parents and coaches and teachers. This, in turn let me believe and dream big. It may not have been baseball, but there were other achievements for me, and life is good.
My kids are learning it now. I don't force my kids to do sports. I do however explain that when you start something, you don't quit, you finish it.
I know, in the real world, in Yankee baseball, it doesn't work that way. But values build toughness and over time, kids understand sometimes losing 1 time stings so bad, they don't want that losing feeling again... And they win.
I know, I'm pulling out all the stops and I'm 2 seconds away from a spiritual Deepak Chopra moment. That's not what this is about. This is just about believing in yourself, dreaming big. A life lesson, a Yankee lesson. You think Derek Jeter goes out thinking he couldn't hit 3000 hits?
Aaron Boone thought he'd get an out against the Sox back in 2003? How about Endy Chavez when he made that amazing catch back in 2006 when the Mets were in Game 7 of the NLCS?
So, tonight, as I watch my children sleep and wish for happy things in life and of course Santa coming to bring them a gift they really, really wanted this year... I sigh with relief. I stare and wonder what my life would mean if these children never were here and I know I would be a much different man. But I'm here in the moment and I know that my grandparents instilled lessons in my parents and they did to me and my brother and now I stand here holding the cards... Trying to guide my own children and making mistakes along the way. But one thing I know is that mistakes make us wiser and believing makes us stronger and I see it now in my 40's. And I got a glimpse of it at age 9 or 10. Just like that kid at the top of this post.
That kid is Ty Hensley and his mother gave me that picture exclusively for you, the Bleeding Yankee Blue readers to see. That photo represents what can be done if you believe. Hopefully Ty's journey continues and it becomes bigger and better for one of my favorite Yankee families ever. And that picture not only represents Ty's journey, it represents your journey, your children's journey and how we handle it along the way... Heart, passion... And believing in yourself.
Merry Christmas everyone...sleep tight.
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