Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Yogi Berra: Five Lessons on Team Spirit
Dear Friends and Visitors:
Yogi Berra recently departed from this world and has left us all not only several great sayings about baseball and life but also valuable lessons on team spirit. The New York Yankees were great beneficiaries of his professional baseball tenure with them. Here are five lessons I personally have learned from watching Yogi as both a player and coach.
1. Strategy is key. Strategy is important because each individual player on the team must understand what he or she must do and in this way the team operates at full performance.
2. Practice is key. Whether a baseball player is playing catch or hitting the ball in the batting cage, it is practice which can then be translated to on-the-field performance.
3. Communication is key. On the field, when shagging a fly ball, the player absolutely must yell out "I got it" or "mine". In this way, two players will not collide trying to catch the ball. One will yield to the other who has claimed the fly ball and will make the catch.
4. Warmup is key. Warmup in baseball is stretching, doing some jumping jacks, doing some short sprints, swinging your bat, and playing some basic catch with team mates. In this way, your body is ready to go for the game.
5. Hustle is key. I contend that Yogi Berra - as much as Pete Rose - should be called Charlie Hustle. Hustle is that spirit of needed aggression to make sure you get the ball when it comes your way. You do not stop and wait for another player to get it. You use every cell in your body to get the ball. If you are in in-fielder, you get that ball and throw it to first base to get the batter out. If you are an outfielder, you run hard and fast to shag the fly ball, also to get the batter out.
Thanks for your life, teachings, sayings, and more Yogi Berra.
Rest in Peace to you always.
Keith Charles Johnson
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