This Page is devoted to words and phrases of inspiration. This page is not simply about Baseball but, everyday life.
I hope any who read this, enjoy this, or maybe find something they've been looking for. May God Bless you, your team and your family. -Tim Nichols Peach State Diamond Sports
This is a Prayer given in Kansas at the opening session of their Senate. When Minister Joe Wright was asked to open the new session of the Kansas Senate, Everyone was expecting the usual generalities, But this is what they heard:
'Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, 'Woe to those who call evil good,' but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values.
We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery. We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare. We have killed our unborn and called it choice. We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable. We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self esteem. We have abused power and called it politics. We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition. We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of __expression. We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment. Search us, Oh, God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from Every sin and set us free. Amen!'
"It's personal commitment that separates Excellence from Mediocrity" -Gary Buzard
YOU NEVER KNOW WHO'S WATCHING
This is a letter that was found on the San Diego Cobras web site by a fellow eteamz member. There are several examples of what we are teaching our players and proof colleges and pro scouts look at the same things we are trying to teach. The letter is entitled "You Never Know Who's Watching."
Please share this letter with your son or daughter as I did.
This past weekend I was fortunate enough to be allowed to sit with several college coaches as they evaluated talent at a very good high school baseball tournament. This was a small tournament with only six invited teams, held at a major division one college. A "showcase" tournament.
No players names are being used, no teams are being mentioned and I will try to stay as generic as possible with the description of these players. The focus of this article is to make a point, not to embarrass any particular player.
The following are some of the comments and discussions that I was allowed to listen in on: The first involved the player with a "national reputation" listed as a top prospect in several sources that I am familiar with. He is a position player. The coaches were in aggreement that this player had several nice tools...good arm strength, good glove and good speed. The question that each of them had was his ability to hit at the upper end of college baseball. Some coaches told me that the solid tools that the player had would make him a prospect to them even without "plus" hitting abilities.
What happened next amazed me. The player was struggling with his bat but showed flashes of an "upside." However on defense the player did not move well, did not show good anticipation, did not follow foul balls,(showing a jump). More often than not he only moved from his position if he was involved in the play.
Some of the coaches REALLY did not like the "lazy" (their words, not mine) attitude shown. On a couple of stolen base attempts (where the player was covering the bag) he did not make an attempt to stop a "less than perfect" throw. Basically he flagged at the ball and got out of the way.
One coach told me that he wanted players that were interested in "sticking their nose in there and getting dirty." This coach is with a team that would be considered a "national power."
Some of the coaches told me that they would have to see the player again later this summer before making any decision regarding a scholarship offer. Other coaches told me they probably would not pursue this player any further.
Next up, a right-handed pitcher that was throwing solidly in the upper 80's. He has a slight movement on his fastball, an OK breaking ball and fair change-up. This player did however impress many of the coaches. WHY????
He did not have the best control at times. At times was getting penalized by a "moving" and small stike zone, and had five errors made behind him by his defense.
What caught the coaches attention was his ability to battle and keep challenging the hitter. He did not drop his head or slump his shoulders when things went against him. He showed no expression when a ball was called on an obvious strike.
He went so far as to walk over and speak to his second baseman, after a costly error and then patted him on the back as he walked away. The coaches I was sitting near did not miss this! Each of the coaches that I spoke to admitted that they did not have the player on their list of their potential recruits. Each also said that they would be making a point to see the player pitch again this summer.
This player became a prospect with several "big time" schools on a day when he was a losing pitcher and did not have his best stuff because of the attitude and the heart he showed. Third example is a big first baseman. This young man does not run like a gazelle, does not have a great arm. "Average at best." He is not what you would term "athletic" but he is not fat. However he made points with several of the coaches in attendance. Of course you guessed it by now... the young man can hit with the best of them. There is a little more to the story though. He can hit to all fields with power. He displayed a good ability to "go with a pitch." He showed a good knowledge of the strike zone. I personally did not see him chase a bad pitch. With runners on second and third and no outs, in a one run game, this young man hit a ground ball to the right side of the infield. He did this with a two strike count. He made an out and the run scored. He did his job for the team.
He hit a homerun or two over the weekend, a double or two to the spacious gaps, had several "screaming" singles, but more importantly, he hustled!
This player ran hard on and off the field every inning. He did not quit as most of his teammates did in a blowout loss at one point in the tournament. As one pro scout commented to me...A "player" never changes his game, no matter what the score. A "player" plays as hard if his team is behind seven runs or ahead seven runs, or if his team is in a one run ball game.
If you think that college coaches and pro scouts do not notice the "little things" you are mistaken. As one coach told me..."We have to pay attention to each of the intangibles, it is the only real separator between some of these guys." He went on to explain that each recruiting year they will have several players on their board that are essentially equal in athletic skills and ability. What then makes the difference is the "little things." So the next time you think that it doesn't matter how you hustle or present yourself maybe you should revisit that part of your game.
As another coach told me..." A player can hustle and give his maximum effort even on a day when he and/or his team is not playing their best game. It doesn't take any athletic ability to hustle."
You never know who is watching.
JUST A BOY
He stands at the plate, his heart pounding fast, the bases are loaded, his teams place is last.
Mom and Dad can't help him, he stands all alone, a base hit right now would bring his team home.
The ball nears the plate, he swings and he misses, there's a groan from the crowd, lots of boos and hisses.
A thoughtless voice cries out,"strike out the bum!", tears fills his eyes, the game's no longer fun.
He's only a boy, all alone at the plate, open your hearts and give him a break.
Shout words of encouragement, don't let them sound fake, it's moments like this,a man you can make.
Keep this in mind when you hear someone forget, he's just a boy, and not a man yet.
Special Thanks to Jennifer Bunkley for sending this
Letter from the Devil This can really make you think. It actually made me really mad while I was reading it, b ut it made me realize some things. Plus, I had to send it because of the P..S. This is deep... and I wasn't going to forward or share it, but that last line... you'll see. A LETTER TO YOU FROM SATAN I saw you yesterday as you began your daily chores.
You awoke without kneeling to pray. As a matter of fact, you didn't even bless your meals, or pray before going to bed last night. You are so un-thankful, I like that about you.
I cannot tell you how glad I am that you have not changed your way of living, Fool, you are mine. Remember, you and I have been going steady for years, and I still don't love you yet. As a matter of fact, I hate you, because I hate God.
He kicked me out of heaven, and I'm going to use you as long as possible to pay him back.
You see, Fool, GOD LOVES YOU and HE has great plans in store for you
But you have yielded your life to me, and I'm going to make your life a living hell. That way, we'll be together twice. This will really hurt God.
Thanks to you, I'm really showing Him who's boss in your life with all of the good times we've had.
We have been...
watching dirty movies, cursing people out, stealing, lying, being hypocritical, fornicating, overeating, telling dirty jokes, gossiping, being judgmental, back stabbing people, disrespecting adults, and those in leadership positions, no respect for the Church, bad attitudes.
SURELY you don't want to give all this up.
Come on, Fool, let's burn together forever. I've got some hot plans for us. This is just a letter of appreciation from me to you. I'd like to say 'THANKS' for letting me use you for most of your foolish life.
You are so gullible, I laugh at you. When you are tempted to sin, you give in
HA HA HA, you make me sick.
Sin is beginning to take its toll on your life. You look 20 years older,20and now, I need new blood. So go ahead and teach some children how to sin.
All you have to do is smoke, get drunk or drink while under-aged,
cheat, gamble, gossip, fornicate, and live being as selfish as possible.
Do all of this in the presence of children and they will do it too. Kids are like that. Well, Fool, I have to let you go for now. I'll be back in a couple of seconds to tempt you again. If you were smart, you would run somewhere, confess your sins, and live for God with what little bit of life that you have left.
It's not my nature to warn anyone, but to be your age and still sinning, it's becoming a bit ridiculous. Don't get me wrong, I still hate you.
IT'S JU ST THAT YOU'D MAKE A BETTER FOOL FOR CHRIST.