How can you ever overestimate the power of fatherly advice to a son. With each word and gesture, a young player is slowly given the potential to become a man.
The role of a father, or a baseball father for that matter, can be a gigantic responsibility. A father can be a speaker of truth. Or an obstacle. Serving as a hinderance or bad example.
It has been sometime since I have seen my father.
Actually it’s been years, and most of my childhood memories have been replaced with other things throughout the process of becoming an adult, but what I do remember is this.
He bought me my first glove. As well as my first bat.
And for that I will be forever grateful.
Not every player that has made it to the major leagues has had the luxury of receiving baseball advice from a father figure. A blue print that shows which choices to make. How learning to be a man at an early age holds the potential to give you an incredible advantage in the world.
With the ability to take action, you can learn to turn on a fastball.
With discipline, you can work on your game like a true craftsman.
Developing faith and compassion can give you the ability to forgive you failures and carry on.
By learning what a man’s priorities are you can learn to play with a sense of purpose.
Baseball requires us to develop character like no other.
Baseball requires us to become men.
If you’re a baseball father, what tips and advice have you given?
If a player, what wisdom can you remember?