Life Lessons from a Youth Baseball Team

On this eve of the 2014 Mid-Term Elections I share an experience that occurred over the weekend that show how people can stick to acting with integrity and honesty despite others choosing a different path. Politicians that want to stick to a Positive campaign to only go Negative because the other started it first are just as bad. Political parties blaming the other side for lack of progress is childish. Ironically, it was a group of 12 & 13 year old baseball players that showed all the adults in the stand and me as their coach that in spite of the actions of others one’s character and actions should not change. The team we played was called for cheating by the umpire and league 3 times in a two day tournament. They continued to push the limits with other items that included inappropriate words to my players and other unsportsmanlike conduct. On a weekend that saw a Big Ten Football Team refuse to shake hands during the coin toss and 2 NASCAR Drivers end up in a fist fight on pit row these young men on the baseball field never responded with inappropriate words or behavior, and although they did not feel like the other team deserved it they met in the middle of the field for the obligatory end of game hand shake. They played the entire game as they have played the entire season with class, integrity and good sportsmanship. They chose to do the right thing instead of whatever it takes to get a victory in a game. All of us as parents could not be more proud of these young men and the lessons they teach all of us that having integrity and doing the right thing is part of one’s character and not something that should be compromised because others around us choose a different path. God Bless those young men!


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