Monday, December 22, 2014

Baseball Heroes Are Not Born

Baseball heroes are not born, they are made. Through a deep passion to be successful, they roll up their sleeves and work hard to develop their baseball skills to perfection. 

Remember the movie "The Natural" with Robert Redford? Roy Hobbs grew up on a farm and in his spare time played catch with his father , and eventually learned how to over come many obstacles in his life to become a baseball hero.

Or what about Joe Castle, the boy wonder of baseball, in Calico Joe by John Grisham? The unknown player became a home run hitter and helped win many ball games for the Chicago Cubs.

Bound and determined there are many baseball heroes who started from humble beginnings only to become baseball greats and entertain fans all over the world like Babe Ruth, Ernie Banks, and Derek Jeter to say the least.

I'm always intrigued to learn about the success story of people whom started out from humble beginnings. And when we ponder the thought, maybe, just maybe you and I can learn something from these baseball celebrities. 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Derek Jeter Tribute

Like Roy Hobbs in "The Natural" starting Robert Redford who played catch with his father on the farm as a kid and one day dreamed of being a super star baseball player, once in awhile another player comes along with that same dream. Today, that baseball player is Derek Jeter.

Derek Jeter is a New York Yankee shortstop who as of today is playing in his 20th year and final season in Major League Baseball.

Ever since he was five years old, he wanted to be a New York Yankee baseball player. As a kid he often attended New York Yankee games where his passion for the sport grew and inspired him to seek a career in baseball. 

And rightfully so... Since 1995 to the present his achievements are amazing: 14x All-Star; 5x World Series champion; World Series MVP; 5x Gold Glove Award; 5x Silver Slugger Award; 2x AL Hank Aaron Award; Roberto Clemente Award; and New York Yankee captain. Need I say more?

And what better way to end a fabulous baseball career than in a tie game at Yankee Stadium, Jeter hits the game winning run.

Thank you Derek Jeter. Surely, you will be missed by baseball fans all over the world.