Winter Pep Rally....Please Comment After Reading...
Junior Varsity & Varsity Baseball Players…
This past Friday I joined the students in attending the Winter Sports Pep Rally, to celebrate all of our fine winter sports athletes here at Lackey High. While watching the pep rally, I began to reflect on the HEL baseball program and thoughts and questions started to fill my head….what type of team do we have….who are we….what are we…where did we came from….where are we headed….what goals do we have….WHAT ARE WE PLAYING FOR….how are WE going to achieve/accomplish our individual and team goals….
As I was reflecting, I took notice of the banners hanging high in the rafters of the gym. Specifically seeking out baseball, I noticed that in 1972 and 1982 HEL baseball was SMAC Champions and in 2000 we were Regional Champions. Thought number one – In all these years HEL Baseball is only mentioned THREE TIMES on those banners??!! Thought number two – I wonder what those teams were like? What made them better than everyone else in those years? Did they possess “star athletes” or were they a group of grinders, never give up, never die; dirtbags?
My image of those teams, for each of those years baseball was mentioned on the banner, the entire team had dirty, sweaty, bloody, grimy, beat up, ripped up, scraped up, and tore up uniforms each and every time they stepped off the PRACTICE FIELD…I can only imagine what they looked like coming off the playing field…What is your image of those teams?
I continued to imagine…If I were to speak to one of the members of any of those “Championship” teams, how would they remember the team? What would they say? I would imagine they would say things like….
“We’re just a team that scrapes and gets the little things done to win.”
“We brought all we had to the table in every single game. It doesnt matter the conditions or who youre playing or where youre playing. You have to get down and get dirty and do what you have to do to win. It means giving up and at-bat to move the runner over, to hit the sac fly, giving it all until the moment you walk off the field.”
“We always battled every inning. every at-bat. We just played hard-nosed baseball”
“We didnt have the greatest ability: On a scale from 1 to 10, we were a 5, but we always played hard and didnt care how pretty we looked. We just got after it”
“We gave 100 percent in everything we did…always going all-out on every play, and always putting the TEAM before yourself”
“We loved to play the game everyday. We didnt have all the skills of the greatest players, but our attitude and the way we committed ourselves to the game is what made the difference. We dealt with adversity, we were hardnosed, and we were all team players all the time.”
“We took the all-out approach on the field, preparing and working harder than anybody else. BEING THE UNCOMMON WORKER AND PLAYER, NOT JUST ANOTHER PERSON.”
What do you think members of those “Championship” teams would say? In 10 years, could you reflect back and say the same things about your HEL Baseball team? If the answer is NO, the time for change is NOW….And it starts with YOU!
Be part of “Building a Tradition”
Lets add to those banners in the gym…
SMAC Champions 2012 Henry E. Lackey Baseball…I like the sounds of that, do you?…Even better….State Champions – Henry E. Lackey High School 2012….Who are you and how bad do you want it?
See you March 1st,