A Night at the Ballpark

Posted by on Apr 22, 2014 in baseball, Blog, personal

I have experienced some amazing baseball games in my life. I've seen heroic hits (Werth's 13 pitch at-bat and subsequent Walk off HR in Game 4 of the 2012 NLDS) and historic meltdowns (Drew Storen and the Nationals in Game 5 of the NLDS). I've seen World Series Wins (Red Sox at Fenway in Game 6 of the 2013 World Series) and even a Perfect Game (Matt Cain in 2012). I've seen hundreds of hit-less innings and innings filled with nothing but hits. I've seen baseball games end in ties. I've attended exhibition games and old timers’ games. I've seen games at every level of play - attending games...

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Lessons from Little League: Learning from Mistakes

Posted by on Jun 4, 2013 in baseball, Blog

A few weeks ago, I wrote my first lessons from little league post on motivation and then my second post on building a team. As I previously mentioned, my life seems to be increasingly immersed in baseball.  While the daily exercises of work and life never slow down, as spring rolls around I somehow figure out how to sleep less so I can squeeze yet another job into the mix. This spring I coached 4 teams and helped with a 5th. We have all 3 boys on individual little league teams.  And as if this were not enough, in the summer of 2011 I started a travel/select baseball program for which the...

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Lessons from Little League: Building a Team

Posted by on Jun 1, 2013 in baseball, Blog

After my writing my last post on Lessons from Little League, I happen to catch a similar post on Roger Ehrenberg's blog.   Clearly he and I are both so immersed in baseball during the season that we tend to relate everything to baseball and baseball to everything around us.  Like Roger, I've gained a tremendous number of insights about strategy, human psychology, and life through coaching youth baseball.  All the lessons learned on the field - as a coach or as a player - relate to much bigger principles of success.  I plan to make Lessons from Little League a regular feature of my...

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Lessons from Little League: Motivation

Posted by on Apr 30, 2013 in baseball, Blog, personal

With three boys playing baseball, I spend every evening on the baseball diamond and the hours after I get home are often filled with more batting practice in the basement.  I've learned a lot about baseball, boys, and myself through coaching over the last 5 years.  I thought I'd share a few of these life lessons as they occur. After (another) tough loss on Saturday – I was feeling pretty discouraged. The truth is I feel frustrated and discouraged because we've got 12 great players and they each have a ton of potential.  I feel I've failed them. I feel the boys are lacking motivation and...

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Posted by on Jun 15, 2012 in baseball, Blog

I was in San Francisco this week speaking at and attending the TV of Tomorrow Show.  As I typically do, I was scheduled to take the red eye home on Wednesday night.  I had a few hours between the end of the conference and my flight so after grabbing dinner at Anchor and Hope, I walked to AT&T Park to watch a few innings of the Astros @ Giants game before heading to SFO for a 10:43PM flight. I had caught the last few innings on the previous night and thought I'd catch a few more before leaving for DC. My tweet at the time sums it well: Over the years I've been fortunate to have some...

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Cole Hamel, Bryce Harper, and the Unwritten Rules of Baseball

Posted by on May 9, 2012 in baseball, Blog

One of the books I'm currently reading is Jason Turbow and Michael Duca's The Baseball Codes: Beanballs, Sign Stealing, and Bench-Clearing Brawls: The Unwritten Rules of America's Pastime.  It's a great read that goes through the myriad of unwritten rules in baseball - from running up the score, when stealing should be done, retaliation and general baseball etiquette. Halfway through the book, a few insights are apparent.  First, many of the disagreements we see in baseball come from a different interpretation of these many unwritten rules. It is also worth noting the application and...

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