Pops’ legacy will live on forever at Navarro and his impact continues to spread across the country on ballfields and in the workplaces and homes of those who were impacted by his presence.
The real eye-opening moment for me that a culture change was needed came on the field. In the high-pressure, crucial moments that decided emotional games, I noticed something in my teams that I didn’t like: they all looked to me.
I’m a competition guy, I just love to compete. Whether it’s hit and run drill or base running or a fly ball drill- we try to have some competition. At the end of practice every day where there’s a winner and there’s a loser, or maybe everybody wins or everybody loses if we don’t catch every fly ball.
One walk can create a problem. Multiple walks, or an inability to maintain control of the strike zone, can single handedly lose the game for your team. Guess you better learn to “Throw Strikes!”
I’m not saying that you must agree with everything, however, disagree with class. Umpires will miss calls, have erratic strike zones, misinterpret rules, etc. but remember, we all make mistakes. Shake your head, exhale deeply, talk to the person next to you about the bad call but then move on to the next pitch.
As hard as it is to put a finger on exactly what a competitive player is, it is even harder to explain what a competitive coach looks like. To this end, I did some research into the topic by asking some coaches and former coaches that I admire the simple question, “What does a competitive coach look like?”
Hitting approach is something that is often neglected in today’s game. Many coaches attempt to be “swing coaches” or hitting technicians. While the swing itself is instrumental to being successful, approach, is what allows hitters to be consistent and ultimately reach their true potential.
Doesn’t it seem hard to argue that baseball is losing in the popularity contest? Well actually, it’s a matter of perspective.
“It’s hard to beat playing catch at the pyramids. We took a group of our Egyptian youth players and their families to the pyramids to play the first game of baseball at that location since the 1914 Giants-White Sox game. Being a part of history is incredibly gratifying.”