I, like Anthony have a love affair with baseball. The crack of a bat during batting practicing, echoing within an empty stadium, the loud pop of the catcher’s mitt, the bark of the umpire, the percussion of footsteps as a player sprints toward first. Each sound of the baseball symphony brings memories flooding back.
As is true with most things, baseball has a few lessons buried beneath its surface. Here are just a few.
Baseball is a series of cycles. A baseball season itself is a cycle, starting in the spring and ending in the fall.
- You cycle through your starting rotation.
- Batters cycle through the line-up.
- The schedule cycles through your division.
And so it is with business. It is rare to do things just once. Rather, we move through annual, weekly, and monthly events. And the beginning of each new cycle gives us a wonderful opportunity to reassess things.
Failure plays a large part.
Even the best hitters fail 7 out of 10 times.
- The best teams only win 60 percent of the time.
- It is not uncommon for the last-place team to take a series or
Two from some of the best.
- Baseball players are not afraid to fail. There’s always next
Inning, or tomorrow, or next year.
There’s a power in that outlook which cannot be underestimated.
- It is the perfect blend of teamwork and individual responsibility.
- Anyone who has seen a double-play turned well,
- or who saw a relay throw cut someone down at home
- Knows that baseball is largely a team sport.
Baseball has a long-term outlook.
Players have ups and downs. It isn’t uncommon for hitting or pitching slumps to last two weeks or more. Because the baseball season is so long, managers have a great deal of patience with players. Usually, good players snap out of slumps. People revert to their career form. And for that reason, baseball fans have patience.