Lesson Number Nine: Slumps Happen

In the classic baseball movie “Major League,” one of the players has taken to sacrificing chickens and rubbing mysterious voodoo tchotchkes on his bat in order to get a hit. Some of the other players belittle his efforts – until it appears to work. Superstitions aren’t just the stuff of Hollywood; Hall-of-Famer Kiki Cuyler refused […]


Lesson Number Eight: Review the Statistics

Hidden in the announcer’s box is someone charged with a very special job: Watching each and every pitch thrown, ball hit, and play made, and recording it all in the official scorebook. Each ball and strike, walk and steal, are all duly accounted for in the scorekeeper’s book. Then, after the game, the scorekeeper calculates […]


Lesson Number Seven: It Hurts Worse When You’re Losing

Watch any sporting contest for long enough, and you’re sure to see at least one injury or near-injury. The runner stealing home collides with a catcher blocking the plate; the pitcher gets mowed down by a line drive; the center fielder runs into the wall. It happens. What is interesting to me is that the […]


Lesson Number Six: You Play Better with a Coach Who Knows the Game

Coaches matter. In fact, a so-so team can be taken to an unimaginable level based solely on the coach they have. Coaches serve many roles for a baseball team: They see the big picture. A catcher or first baseman may see the game only from their limited perspective; the coach sees everything on the field […]


Lesson Number Four: The Better You Do, the More Fun It Is

Some might say that professional athletes have the best job in the world. They get paid to play a game that many millions of people only dream about doing! They spend the day in the sun, with thousands of fans screaming their names and wearing their jersey number. How cool is that? It is pretty […]


What Do I Want to be Known For When I Die?


Recently I invited a group of teens and young adults to sit and ask me questions. Any question about anything. And boy did they throw it at me. This is a video from that series. SUBSCRIBE for weekly episodes and bonuses. Get daily motivation on FB: http://www.facebook.com/ByrdOlogy Quotable from this video: “If they can write […]